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Shakespeare on the Couch

Un libro in lingua di Michael Jacobs edito da Stylus Pub Llc, 2008

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Drawing upon a vast literature in psychoanalytic journals either upon Shakespeare’s characters themselves or alluding to those characters in the course of other topics, this book discusses eight of Shakespeare’s plays and the relationships between the main
characters within them. Psychoanalytic and literary approaches sometimes diverge, but they can also concur in seeing characters either as true examples of different psychological states and types of relating or as symbolic of aspects of the personality. The chapters contain many references to psychoanalytic interpretations from Freud onwards.

The importance of this book lies in its drawing together from a large number of disparate sources, many of which will be inaccessible to those who do not have access to the journals or psychoanalytic databases. It is relevant for counselors and therapists, as well as for those interested in literature, particularly in Shakespearean studies. It is written for the thinking lay reader, and does not blind the ordinary reader with psychoanalytic terminology and concepts. Readers who are therapists may gain some insights into aspects of some of their clients; everyone should be encouraged through these ideas and theories to muse upon aspects of his or her own personality, thoughts, fantasies and behaviors.

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