chapter  16
14 Pages

Hamlet, Ortensio Lando, or “To Be or Not To Be” Paradoxically Explained

ByRocco Coronato

Nowhere are the discontents of intertextuality perhaps more excruciating than in spotting similarities in ideas. Regarding the emergence of the modern mind in Hamlet by virtue of a pondered examination of chiastic alternatives, one is often referred to the Elizabethan rhetorical tradition of arguing in utramque partem in compliance with the genre of suasoriae and controversiae spawned by the elder Seneca and honed by Erasmus. Yet another avenue of investigation fits snugly into the unstinting tradition of the Renaissance paradox and its distinctive Italian trademark.