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Identification
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1106.  Sunday, 2 November 1997.

From:           Shaul Bassi <
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Date:           Friday, 31 Oct 1997 21:17:44 +0100 (MET)
Subject:        Identification

I am interested in the subject of identification, with special reference
to Shakespearean characters. How do we identify with literary
characters, and with actors who embody Hamlet, Juliet, Macbeth, etc...?
Norman Holland (*The Dynamics of Literary Response*, 1968) traces the
history of identification in Shakespeare criticism. Patrice Pavis
(*L'analyse du spectacle*, 1997), drawing on the work of Hans Robert
Jauss, theorizes different form of spectators' identification with
actors. Janet Adelman ("Iago's Alter Ego: Race as Projection in
Othello", SQ, 48/2,1997) convincingly applies Melanie Klein's concept of
projective identification to the relationship between Iago and Othello.
I have found these three texts, with their very different perspectives,
a good starting point. I now seek the help of SHAKESPEReans to expand
this bibliography. I am above all interested in your perspective on
identification.

Sympathetically,
Shaul Bassi
(Venezia, Italy)
 

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