The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1106. Sunday, 2 November 1997.
Date: Friday, 31 Oct 1997 21:17:44 +0100 (MET)
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