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Re: Oedipal Hamlets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0673  Wednesday, 6 March 2002

From:           Alycia Smith-Howard <
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Mar 2002 12:48:08 EST
Subject: 13.0652 Oedipal Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0652 Oedipal Hamlets

Just a question -- How is Hamlet's reluctance to kill Claudius an
example of the "truly 'Oedipal' behaviour exhibited by the text," as you
call it?

And another: Can we honestly say that the text does "truly exhibit" this
quality, or that this quality is in fact an interpretative value gleaned
from psychoanalytic theory, which was then superimposed onto the play,
and has now become an established part of its "history" (and frankly a
rather tiresome part of its stage history)?

Just my thoughts,
ASH

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