Faculty of Humanities / English, Comp. Lit
Tzachi Zamir
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Tzachi Zamir


My current research explores philosophical dimensions of dramatic acting. I am interested in self-dramatization, on the stage (or off it). The project includes work on theatrical role-playing, discussing topics such as (click the link for an abstract/essay) repetition in live performance, drama, acting, puppetry, masochism, voice in acting, anorexia, pornography and the relationship between acting and ethics (the last essay has received an award from The Philosophical Quarterly). These essays have now been integrated into a book, Acts: Theater, Philosophy and the Performing Self (The University of Michigan Press). 

     I am also interested in moral aspects of human-animal relations. My book Ethics and the Beast (Princeton, 2007) probed only ethical dimensions of this issue. I have since become interested by  literary representation of animals. I regularly teach a seminar on this latter topic, and have contributed a chapter on the depiction of animals in literary works to the Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Animals. In a recent review (in the NDPR) I discuss the relationship between continental and Anglo-American philosophical work on animal ethics. 

I continue to develop my approach to reading Shakespeare philosophically -- an approach I began outlining in my Double Vision: Moral Philosophy and Shakespearean Drama (Princeton, 2006). Such work can be read in New Literary History, in a chapter in a collection entitled Shakespeare and Moral Agency, (Continuum Books, Ed. Michael Bristol), and in a chapter on Shakespeare and philosophical criticism in the Oxford Handbook of ShakespeareAnother essay, discussing the relationship between ethics and tragedy, will appear soon as part of the Oxford Handbook to Shakespearean Tragedy. I am also editing a collection of essays on Hamlet & philosophy for Oxford University Press. 

     More recent work within the philosophy of literature concerns Milton's Paradise Lost. Two essays are forthcoming, one in Milton Studies, the other in The Philosophy of Poetry, edited by John Gibson for Oxford University Press. Another, more general contribution to the philosophy of literature is an essay on comedy ("Why Does Comedy Give Pleasure?"). 

        Several talks (outside Israel) are scheduled for 2015. In late March (at Berlin) as part of the RSA meeting, and in April (Chicago) as part of the Performance Philosophy conference.