Psychoanalysis is concerned with the vicissitudes of life: loss, grief, mourning, guilt and also with reparation and creativity, with death and rebirth, as is the work of Shakespeare. These papers link the Bard's universe to psychoanalytic thought and practice and show us how much both worlds have in common. In today's world we are moved by Shakespeare's plays whose themes are brought to life with a richness and creativity that has not dimmed with the passing of time. Echoing Freud's fascination with Shakespeare, Michael Conran, Peter Hildebrand, Gerald Wooster, and Peter Buckroyd find much to feast on in King Lear, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well, The Tempest, Macbeth, and The Winter's Tale. The interplay of inner and outer world, inner and outer reality, brings about a rich tapestry of conflicts, desires, anxieties, challenges and resolutions that were as true then as they are now.

chapter ONE|23 pages

Psychoanalysis and theatre

ByPeter Hildebrand

chapter TWO|17 pages

Grief, loss, and creativity: whither the Phoenix?

ByGerald Wooster, Peter Buckroyd

chapter THREE|21 pages

The Caledonian tragedy*

ByPeter Hildebrand

chapter SIX|20 pages

Prospero's book

ByPeter Hildebrand