The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0408. Wednesday, 2 April 1997.
Date: Tuesday, 1 Apr 1997 22:43:03 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Sources for Oedipus Theory
I'm wondering if anyone knows if there are sources that pointed to a
possible Hamlet-Gertrude Oedipal complex BEFORE Lawrence Olivier's stage
production, and the film that follows. This issue arose in my
Shakespeare on film class: my professor thinks Olivier was the first, I
think he probably wasn't, and my roommate thinks that maybe Freud talks
about Hamlet. I know that Olivier's main source for the Oedipal idea
came from one of Freud's colleagues and biographers (his name escapes me
right now), but I'm still not sure that it was an original idea of
Olivier's. Can anyone shed some light on this topic?