Publications

2019
Just Literature: Philosophical Criticism and Justice
Zamir, Tzachi. Just Literature: Philosophical Criticism and Justice. New York: Routledge, 2019. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

 

Everyone admits that some works of literature are profoundly insightful. Yet literary theorists have found it difficult to build upon this foundation. Their primary reservation was that to regard literature as yielding knowledge drives readers away from the complex responses created by powerful works. “Philosophical Criticism” — an approach to literature introduced in this volume — aims to defuse this tension. Philosophical criticism is an attunement to the synergy between the understanding literature enables and the unique experiences it induces.

     Justice is this book's overarching category. Philosophical readings of works by Dante, Shakespeare, Morrison, Coetzee, and Roth will argue that their value as literature is partly constituted by advancing our grasp of justice. Literature is not philosophy; but it may expose a distinction between compassion and pity, reveal a relationship between unfairness and withheld solidarity, or show how moral commitments – to impartiality, to mercy – sometimes rely upon a more fundamental evasion.

 

Zamir, Tzachi. “"Justice: Some Reflections on Measure for Measure"”. The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy. Ed. Craig Bourne & Emily Caddic Bourne. New York: Routledge, 2019. 279-287. Web. Publisher's Version
2018
Zamir, Tzachi. “Philosophy and/of Performance: A Discussion of Richard Shusterman's The Adventures of the Man in Gold”. The Journal of Aesthetic Education 52.4 (2018): , 52, 4, 116-123. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Review of Shusterman's book. 

Zamir, Tzachi, and Currie Gregory. “"Macbeth, Throne of Blood and the Idea of a Reflective Adaptation"”. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Crticism 76.3 (2018): , 76, 3, 297-308. Web. Publisher's Version
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.

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