Tragic Drama and the Family: Psychoanalytic Studies from Aeschylus to Beckett

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Yale University Press, 1988 - Literary Criticism - 274 pages
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.
 

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Contents

The Birth of Tragedy
13
Aeschylus Oresteia
28
Euripides Medea
69
Shakespeares
103
Shakespeares Macbeth
140
ONeills Long
177
Becketts Endgame and the Abortion of Desire
212
Psychoanalytic Theories and Tragic Drama
253
Index
267
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