After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis by Julia Reinhard Lupton, Kenneth Reinhard

By Julia Reinhard Lupton, Kenneth Reinhard

Exploring the discussion among psychoanalytic and literary discourses, the authors study the versions of plot, personality, and methods of examining which each and every of those discourses has constructed in reading Shakespeare.

Since Freud's writings on Oedipus and Hamlet, Shakespearean tragedy has been paradigmatic for psychoanalytic thought and feedback. during this bold and hugely resourceful e-book, the authors hint the discussion among psychoanalytic and literary discourses via studying the versions of plot, personality, and methods of analyzing which every culture has built via its interpretation of Shakespeare.

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15. Julia Kristeva, in Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, terms this its maternal "abject," which she defines as "the violence of mourning for an 'object' that has always already been lost" (15). Kristeva's notion of abjection derives from Lacan's discussion of das Ding in Seminar VII and elsewhere. 22 Hamlet in Psychoanalysis a closed economy of two. 16 Moreover, this conjunction of nar­ cissism, projection, and melancholy bridges psychoanalytic and literary discourses. T h e "pathetic fallacy," for example, diag­ noses the rhetorical projection of human emotions onto nature; John Ruskin, who coined the phrase, gives "reason unhinged by g r i e f as one of its occasions (Rosenberg 65).

Freud, like Moses de­ scending from Mount Sinai, describes the birth of law out of mourning: Thus the shadow of the object fell upon the ego, and the latter could henceforth be judged by a special agency, as though it were an object, the forsaken object. In this way an object-loss was transformed into an ego-loss and the conflict between the ego and the loved person into a cleavage [Zwiespalt] between the critical activity of the ego and the ego as altered by identification. " In this triangle, the object, identified by Melanie Klein as the breast, is a figure of inaugural loss, 16.

We thank Charles Dove for this reference. 18. The passage's opening aphorism recurs throughout psychoanalytic writings on mourning. Thus Melanie Klein cites Karl Abraham: " 'We have only to reverse [Freud's] statement that "the shadow of the lost love-object falls upon the ego" and say that in this case it was not the shadow but the bright radiance of his loved mother which was shed upon her son' " (Writings of Melanie Klein 1:355). S h a p e s of Grief 23 consumed in that "narcissistic oral phase" dominated by the voracious grief of the nascent ego.

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