Just as concerts emerge from the interaction of many instruments, so our understanding of Shakespeare is enriched by different approaches to him. Psychoanalysis assumes that creative writers have the need to both reveal and conceal their own inner conflicts in their works. They leave residues in their works that, if we pay attention, can become building blocks that reveal aspects of the unconscious. It is my hope that readers may find that the questions raised add to the pleasure of reading Shakespeare and that they deepens their understanding of his plays. Topics covered include the pivotal position of Hamlet, the poet and his calling, the Oedipus complex, intrapsychic conflict, the battle against paranoia and the homosexual compromise. By using psychoanalytic techniques in analyzing his plays and characters, I hope to reveal more about Shakespeare’s hidden motivations and mental health.
About the Author:
Martin S. Bergmann is the recipient of the Sigourney Award for outstanding contributions to psychoanalysis and the Distinguished Psychoanalytic Educator Award. His books include Generations of the Holocaust, The Evolution of Psychoanalytic Technique, The Anatomy of Loving, In the Shadow of Moloch: The Sacrifice of Children and Its Impact on Western Religions, and (with son Michael Bergmann) What Silent Love Has Writ: a Psychoanalytic Exploration of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. He edited The Hartmann Era in Psychoanalysis and Understanding Dissidence and Controversy in the History of Psychoanalysis, which received the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. The author recently celebrated his 100th birthday and is still working as a psychoanalytic teacher at New York University.