Title: After Oedipus: Shakespeare in PsychoanalysisAuthors: Kenneth Reinhard and Julia Reinhard LuptonSeries: Critical Studies in the HumanitiesImprint: The Davies Group, Publisherssoft cover 310 pp. USD 28.00 ISBN 978-1888570359March, 2009Since Freud’s writings on Oedipus and Hamlet, Shakespearean tragedy has been paradigmatic for psychoanalytic theory and criticism. In this ambitious and highly imaginative book, Lupton and Reinhard trace the dialogue between psychoanalytic and literary discourses by examining the models of plot, character and ways of reading that each tradition has developed through its interpretation of Shakespeare.Interpreting key texts by Freud and Lacan, supplemented by readings of Aristotle, Seneca, Benjamin, Nietzsche, Eliot, and others, Reinhard and Lupton pursue the persistence of Shakespearean motifs in the literature of psychoanalysis. Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Hamlet and Lear, offer two distinctive mappings of subjectivity in and for psychoanalysis. Hamlet stages the traditionality of tradition, the echo chamber through which cultural legacies are mournfully preserved and passed on. While Hamlet is the prince of melancholy, Lear is the king of catastrophe. Whereas Hamlet maps the fundamental constellations of neurotic subjectivity warped by the black holes of melancholia, Lear threatens to expose those holes and collapse into the voids of paranoia and psychosis. If Hamlet is a labyrinth, a memory theatre of uncanny continuities in which past and present, figure and ground, self and other, run alongside together in the fluid medium of linguistic association, Lear is a heath: open, wild, exposed, the place where unaccommodated man — humanity in its creaturely subsistence as bare life — wanders without sanctuary. Together, these two plays map the tragic extremes of the human condition, as disclosed by psychoanalysis.After Oedipus demonstrates the persistence of literary forms and motifs in the theoretical writings of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, offering paradigms for reading literature and theory that extend beyond simple models of application. A new chapter on Lacan and the Ten Commandments maps the generative intersection between religion and psychoanalysis, reflecting current interests in political theology and religion and literature.ContentsPreface to the second editionAcknowledgmentsA Note on CitationsIntroduction Part One: Hamlet in Psychoanalysis1 "Shapes of Grief": Hamlet, Freud, and Mourning 2 The Trauerspiel of Criticism 3 Hamlet’s Flesh: Lacan and the Desire of the Mother 4 Hamlet’s "Ursceneca"Inter-SectionPart Two: The Lear Real5 The Motif of the Three Caskets 6 The Lacanian Thing 7 The Tragedy of ForeclosureAfter-WordAppendix: The Subject of ReligionNotes Works Cited IndexReview"Shakespeare’s plays abound with lines which point towards the insights of Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory—the effect is so uncanny that it evokes the time-travel scenario of Shakespeare taking a trip to the future in order to read Lacan’s seminars. Shakespeare Has Read Lacan could also have been the title of Lupton’s and Reinhard’s classic study—a must not only for everyone who really wants to know Shakespeare or Lacan, but simply for everyone who wants to understand the ethical deadlock of our hedonist society. It is not a book about what Shakespeare means to us, but a book about what we mean (and are) in the eyes of Shakespeare." — Slavoj ŽižekThe AuthorsKenneth Reinhard and Julia Reinhard Lupton teach English and Comparative Literature at the University of California. Kenneth Reinhard is co-author with Slavoj Žižek and Eric Santner of The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology. Julia Reinhard Lupton is author of Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology and Afterlives of the Saints: Hagiography, Typology, and Renaissance Literature.