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Tragic Drama and the Family
Author: Bennett Simon

ISBN: 9780300058055
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 13 July 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.6
One of the most important characteristics of tragic drama-as of psychoanalysis- is the focus on the family. Dr. Bennett Simon here provides a psychoanalytic reading of Aeschylus' Oresteia, Euripedes' Medea, Shakespeare's King Lear and Macbeth, O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, and Beckett's Endgame, six plays from ancient to modern times which involve a particular form of intrafamily warfare: the killing of children or of the possibility of children. "A clinician-scholar-a good doctor at once of healing and of learning-richly continues the generous conversation begun in Freud between the ancient genre of tragedy and the modern generations of psychoanalysis. The openness of Bennett Simon's love of his material is the reward of his capacity for responding to the suffering that produces it."-Stanley Cavell "A towering achievement of applied psychoanalysis."-Donald M. Kaplan, International Journal of Psycho-Analysis "I strongly recommend the book for study by students in the area of literature and psychoanalysis, and for browsing by anyone interested in psychoanalysis and the humanites. Simon enlightens, excites, and invites us to think abo...

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