Publications

Forthcoming
with Gregory, Currie. “"Macbeth, Throne of Blood and the Idea of a Reflective Adaptation"”. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Crticism (Forthcoming). Print.
2018
Shakespeare's Hamlet - Philosophical Perspectives (Editor)
Shakespeare's Hamlet - Philosophical Perspectives (Editor). New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Web. Publisher's Version
2017
Ascent: Philosophy and Paradise Lost
Ascent: Philosophy and Paradise Lost. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. Web. Publisher's Version
Stern, Tom, ed.Giving Focus”. The Philosophy of Theatre, Drama and Acting. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. Web. Publisher's Version
2016
Review of Amalia Ziv's Explicit Utopias: Rewritiing the Sexual in Women's Pornography”. Sexuality & Culture (2016). Web. Publisher's Version
Zamir, Tzachi. “Ethics and Shakespearean Tragedy”. The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy. Ed. M Neill & D Schalkwyk. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2016. 71-88. Web. Publisher's Version
2015
Zamir, Tzachi. “Death, Life, and Agency in Paradise Lost”. Milton Studies 56 (2015): , 56, 201-230. Print.
Zamir, Tzachi. “The Inner Paradise”. The Philosophy of Poetry. Ed. John Gibson. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2015. 205-231. Web. Publisher's Version
2014
Acts: Theater, Philosophy, and the Performing Self
Zamir, Tzachi. Acts: Theater, Philosophy, and the Performing Self. Michigan, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014. Web. Publisher's Version
Zamir, Tzachi. “Why Does Comedy Give Pleasure?”. British Journal of Aesthetics 54 (2014): , 54, 175-190. Print.Abstract

By way of attempting to explain comic pleasure, this paper proposes an outline for an inclusive theory of comedy -- 'inclusive' in the sense of amalgamating various past contributions that tend to be thought of as mutually exclusive. More specifically, this essay will (a) propose a teleological definition of comedy, (b) integrate seemingly competing accounts of laughter into a relatively unified explanation, (c) clarify the connection between laughter and comedy, (d) defend a flexible ontology of comic response that enables the coexistence of genuinely competing paradigms of the mind (which, in turn, underlie seemingly competing theories of comic reception), and (e) will suggest how comic pleasure forms an indispensable addition to a theory of comedy.

2013
Zamir, Tzachi. “Pornography and Acting”. Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography. Ed. H Maes. Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2013. 75-99. Print.
Zamir, Tzachi. “Unethical Acts Unethical Acts : Winner of The Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize 2012”. Philosophical Quarterly 63 (2013): , 63, 353-373. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

An essay on dramatic acting with regards to unethical conduct on stage is presented. It explores how acting provokes ethical questions despite being viewed as an unproblematic and laudable art form. It charts the nature and scope of ethical issues in which the actor operates and discusses two responses to the questions. The author suggests that value-related ambiguity can be a way through which the uniqueness of acting as a performing art can be understood.

2012
Zamir, Tzachi. “The Theatricalization of Death”. Journal of Medical HumanitiesJournal of Medical Humanities (2012): , 141. Print.Abstract
The essay analyzes anorexia as a theatrical performance, complete with its chosen acting school and particular dramatic features (plot, acting style, suspense-establishing mechanisms and motifs).
Zamir, Tzachi. “Lsitening to Actors”. Theatre Topics 22 (2012): , 22, 115. Print.Abstract

The article examines centrality of voice to acting, the relation of voice to existential amplification and the role of actor's voice in seven dimensions of the relationship between character and thought. It is stated that striking, memorable acting is bound with effects created by modifications in the actor's voice. Royal Shakespeare Company voice trainer Cicely Berry stated that young actors shun intense work on their voices since it threatens the performer with artificiality and loss of self.

Zamir, Tzachi. “Philosophy”. The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare. Ed. Arthur F Kinney. Oxford, England: Oxford UP, 2012. 623-640. Print.
Zamir, Tzachi. “Reading Drama”. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 70.2 (2012): , 70, 2, 179-192. Print.
2011
Zamir, Tzachi. “Literary Works and Animal Ethics”. The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics. Oxford: Oxford Univ Pr, 2011. Print.Abstract
The essay discusses moral dimensions of literary descriptions of animals. Topics covered include literary presentations of slaughter, of humans looking at animals (and vice versa), and of forms of attachment between humans and companion animals. Throughout, the essay aims to connect the portrayal of animals in literature with ongoing work in aesthetics on the moral contributions of literary works.
Zamir, Tzachi. “The Fool, the Blind and the Jew”. Shakespeare and Moral Agency. Ed. MD Bristol. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011. 142-158. Web. Publisher's Version
Zamir, Tzachi. “Talking trees”. New Literary History (2011): , 439. Print.
2010
Zamir, Tzachi. “The Theatricalization of Love”. 2010: , 129. Print.

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