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Sharpe, E. (1934). The Tragedy of King Lear: By J. S. Branson. (Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1934. Pp. 227. Price 15 s. net.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 15:478-480.

(1934). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 15:478-480

The Tragedy of King Lear: By J. S. Branson. (Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1934. Pp. 227. Price 15 s. net.)

Review by:
E. Sharpe

The specific interest of this book for the psycho-analyst lies mainly in the last chapter where the author inquires into the origins of Lear's insanity. He finds these in the incestuous wishes and phantasies of the unconscious mind, comparing the play in this respect to the tragedy of Oedipus Rex. The author, however, does not state explicitly that the father-daughter situation in 'King Lear' represents unconsciously the mother-son relationship of the Oedipus tragedy. In the play itself Shakespeare characteristically

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