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Re: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0832.  Sunday, 10 August 1997.

[1]     From:   Richard Brestoff <
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        Date:   Friday, 8 Aug 1997 12:30:38 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0831  Q: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud

[2]     From:   Surajit A. Bose <
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        Date:   Friday, 8 Aug 1997 15:13:01 -0500
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[3]     From:   Curtis Perry <
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        Date:   Friday, 08 Aug 1997 09:33:48 -0700 (MST)
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[4]     From:   Stephan B. Paragon <
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        Date:   Saturday, 9 Aug 1997 02:06:32 -0400 (EDT)
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[5]     From:   Stuart Manger <
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        Date:   Friday, 8 Aug 1997 23:59:06 +0100
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From:           Richard Brestoff <
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Date:           Friday, 8 Aug 1997 12:30:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0831  Q: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0831  Q: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud

The primary source is called, I think, Hamlet and Oedipus by Ernest
Jones.

Richard Brestoff

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From:           Surajit A. Bose <
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Date:           Friday, 8 Aug 1997 15:13:01 -0500
Subject: 8.0831 Q: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0831 Q: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud

Freud himself did not comment specifically on HAMLET at any length.  But
the locus classicus for the Oedipal interpretation is a brief essay by
Freud's disciple Ernest Jones, "Hamlet and his Problems"; later, Jones
expanded this into a full-length book, HAMLET AND OEDIPUS (New York:
Norton, 1949; rept. Garden City, NJ: Doubleday, c.1956). I'm afraid I do
not have bibliographic references for the essay handy.

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From:           Curtis Perry <
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Date:           Friday, 08 Aug 1997 09:33:48 -0700 (MST)
Subject: 8.0831  Q: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0831  Q: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud

I'm sure you're getting plenty of responses, but I'd recommend the
following: Norman Holland, _Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare_ (which
offers a good solid precis of the theory's strengths and weaknesses);
Ernest Jones _Hamlet and Oedipus_ (which is the classic articulation of
the position; and Janet Adelman, _Suffocating Mothers_ (which offers a
very compelling counterargument for another kind of account of the
relationship).

Curtis Perry

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From:           Stephan B. Paragon <
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Date:           Saturday, 9 Aug 1997 02:06:32 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0831  Q: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0831  Q: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud

Shakespeare was just holding the mirror up to nature. His infatuation
with his mother is completely normal. Any son that truly loves his
mother, will identify with other women in a similar vein. Freud just
went a step further by showing us in a modern sense how we can screw up
our emotions by the past presentaion of our own relations to maturity.

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From:           Stuart Manger <
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Date:           Friday, 8 Aug 1997 23:59:06 +0100
Subject: 8.0831  Q: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0831  Q: Hamlet, Gertrude and Freud

The famous (infamous?) Ernest Jones? Bit passe as an ideological start,
but your call.......... !

Stuart Manger
 

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