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Hamlet and Oedipus

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A classic study in the psychoanalysis of literature, Hamlet and Oedipus investigates Hamlet’s mind as it relates to the general psychological conditions foreshadowed in the Oedipus legend. Dr. Jones gives a comprehensive view of the Hamlet literature and shows how the explanation of Hamlet’s mysterious inhibitions lies in his unconscious conflicts. The Hamlet theme is itse ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published March 17th 1976 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1954)
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May 27, 2015 Jonathan Widell rated it it was amazing
An excellent, though flowery, psychoanalytical study of Hamlet, which goes on for 70 pages trying to convince the reader of the legitimacy of psychoanalyzing a literary character before going about its business of providing the actual analysis. Beyond the academic fluff, the key insight is that Hamlet is Shakespeare's alter ego, who suffered from an unresolved Oedipus complex. Hamlet's famous vacillation and hesitation is due the seemingly opposite movements of repression and regression. Here Jo ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Gill rated it it was amazing
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“Don't read all the preface and commentaries and don't listen to the lectures. Just read the plays. It is remarkable how easy they are to understand at the naive level. Then go and read the analysis and see what you didn't think of.

This is THE book to read about the Oedipal interpretation of Hamlet. However one of the strengths is the review of non-Oedipal solutions to Hamlet.

I also recommend these podcasts from Stamford U. by Marsh McCall and Martin Evans.

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Review: This was a really interesting dissertation on he psychological elements at play within the eponymous hero of Shakespeare's Hamlet. While there was a healthy serving of psychobabble (jargon) and a profound agreement with all Freudian theories, this certainly shed new light on an old favorite. I now want to reread the play and research the film version(Tennant edition), as well as seek out tickets to the next and nearest live rendition!
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Alfred Ernest Jones (1 January 1879 – 11 February 1958) was a British neurologist and psychoanalyst, and Sigmund Freud’s official biographer. Jones was the first English-speaking practitioner of psychoanalysis and became its leading exponent in the English-speaking world where, as President of both the British Psycho-Analytical Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association in the 1920s ...more
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