This is a proposed special session for the 2012 MLA convention. Is Hamlet's modernity necessarily tied to the intellectual history of the inward-looking, discontented self? Are there other ways in which Hamlet can be understood as modern or as the product(ion) of modernity?
This panel aims to account for Hamlet's representative status with respect to the modern human condition in ways that do not ultimately rest on a particularly entrenched philosophical tradition, one that points to Hamlet's frustrated interiority as an opportunity to theorize modern selfhood (e.g., Freud, Lacan, Benjamin, Adorno, and Nietzche). How else might we read _Hamlet_ with an eye for its modernity?