Promises, Promises: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Literature
Within a year of the publication of , Shakespeare was back to press with another long narrative poem. This time he chose a seven-line stanza rhyming (rhyme royal, a verse form whose tradition in English poetry extended all the way back to ), and once again he drew on Ovid for a work dedicated (this time even more warmly) to the Earl of Southampton. If is most aptly approached as a quasi-comic treatment of love (depicting the frustrations of an insatiate goddess who falls all over herself as she fumbles to seduce an unresponsive youth), despite the fact that it ends with the death of the innocent young mortal, is more properly described as a tragic "complaint," a moving exploration of the personal and social consequences of a noble Roman's surrender to lust, against his better nature and at the cost, ultimately, of both his victim's life and his own. In his foreword to , Shakespeare had promised the dedicatee "a graver labor" if his first offering pleased its would-be patron; in all likelihood, then, was under way as a companion piece to at least a year before its eventual publication in 1594. It may be, as some have suggested, that Shakespeare's narrative of Tarquin's rape of Lucrece and her suicide was motivated by a desire to persuade anyone who might have considered the earlier work frivolous that the poet's muse was equally capable of a more serious subject. In any case it is clear that once again he struck a responsive chord: went through eight editions prior to 1640, and it seems to have been exceeded in popularity only by .
Promises Promises Essays On Literature And Psychoanalysis
Promises Essays On Psychoanalysis And Literature
Adam Phillips (Psychoanalyst and Writer) with Dr Monica Pearl (Lecturer in 20th Century American Literature, EAC, UoM) and Professor Ian Parker (psychoanalyst, Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix)
essays on literature and psychoanalysis …
In the preface to his collection of essays, Adam Phillips raises similar questions about how literature and serve each other. He asks, what are the languages of literature and good for, and what do they have to do with each other? He answers by creating a dialogue between himself as psychoanalyst-critic and the literature he reads, with the assumption that has value in its cultural contingency and in the many texts in its words. He also assumes that the process and goals of reading and are the same as : they are both attempts at discovery of more internal life. In his view, they both try to help patients-analysts or readers-writers discover whatever stirs their curiosity and gives them the feeling of more alive, and part of this process requires the that needs no new theories from writers, but only good sentences that will keep words alive. Using Winnicott's assumptions about the value of play to