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The Resource Hamlet and Narcissus, John Russell

Hamlet and Narcissus, John Russell

Label
Hamlet and Narcissus
Title
Hamlet and Narcissus
Statement of responsibility
John Russell
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Since Ernest Jones published Hamlet and Oedipus in 1949, psychoanalytic thinking has changed profoundly. This change, however, has not yet been adequately reflected in Shakespeare scholarship. In Hamlet and Narcissus, John Russell confronts the paradigm shift that has occurred in psychoanalysis and takes steps to formulate a critical instrument based on current psychoanalytic thinking. In his introduction, Russell clarifies Freud's assumptions concerning human motivation and development and then discusses, as representative of the new psychoanalytic paradigm, Margaret Mahler's theory of infant development and Heinz Kohut's theory of narcissism. Using these theories as his conceptual framework, Russell proceeds to analyze the action of Hamlet, focusing on the play's central problem, Hamlet's delay." "Previous psychoanalytic approaches to Hamlet have failed convincingly to explain the cause of Hamlet's delay because they failed to recognize the profound connection between Hamlet's pre-Oedipal attachment to his mother and his post-Oedipal allegiance to his father. By placing Hamlet's conflict with his parents in the new psychoanalytic framework of narcissism, Russell is able to show that Hamlet's post-Oedipal allegiance to his father and his pre-Oedipal attachment to his mother are driven by the same archaic and illusory needs. Though on the surface seeming to contradict one another, at bottom Hamlet's two attachments, to mother and to father, complement one another and work together to produce in Hamlet a conflicted ambivalence that propels him to his self-induced destruction. By clarifying the origin and effects of Hamlet's archaic narcissism, Russell is able to solve the problem of Hamlet's delay and forge a new and fruitful instrument of literary criticism."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Russell, John
Dewey number
822.3/3
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2807
LC item number
.R83 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Narcissus
  • Fathers and sons in literature
  • Psychoanalysis and literature
  • Drama
  • Narcissism in literature
  • Psychology in literature
  • Hamlet
Label
Hamlet and Narcissus, John Russell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-242) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm30783492
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780874135336
Lccn
94022486
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) 247770
Label
Hamlet and Narcissus, John Russell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-242) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm30783492
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780874135336
Lccn
94022486
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) 247770

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