Hamlet in Analysis: Horatio's Story—A Trial of Faith

Author(s) : Meg Harris Williams

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Hamlet in Analysis: Horatio's Story—A Trial of Faith

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  • Publisher : Harris Meltzer Trust
  • Published : February 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 224
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  • Catalogue No : 35114
  • ISBN 13 : 9781912567690
  • ISBN 10 : 1782201157
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‘This is no mere parody – it is a confession, a treatise, and a very, very clever tragi-farce, which is as funny as it is serious, and serious as it is funny. There is a living, breathing countertransference exploration throughout this fictitious analysis of an all-too-recognizable late-twentieth century young adult, Hamlet Dane, and his alter-ego analyst Dr Horacio. Hamlet in Analysis explores, amongst other things, the cracks and gaps between analytic theory and practice through the candid, private thoughts of our analyst-narrator, whose constantly self-limited “philosophy” is pierced, rankled, ruptured, and herniated by his young patient, provoking an ongoing challenge to his own sanity. But it contains “the best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited”.’
- Neil Maizels, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Melbourne, Australia

‘“Bravo! Bravo!” I felt like saying after finishing this wonderful performance, an amazing tour de force in which we are led through a modern-day Hamlet’s psychoanalysis (Kleinian via Meltzer with Bion part of the brew) with Horatio as the psychoanalyst. What is at stake is further birth and growth of psychoanalysis, creativity, and personality, marked by necessary failure, which, at times, fuels glimpses of more possibilities. Meg Harris Williams draws on rich cultural associations as she shines her light on aesthetic dimensions of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic dimensions in the heart of art. A book that not only crosses disciplines but also alchemically mixes them and brings us closer to our own experience.’
- Michael Eigen, PhD, author, Contact with the Depths and The Birth of Experience

About the Author(s)

Meg Harris Williams, a writer and artist, studied English at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, and has had a lifelong psychoanalytic education, working closely with Donald Meltzer. She has written and lectured extensively in the UK and abroad on psychoanalysis and literature. She is a visiting lecturer for AGIP and at the Tavistock Centre in London, and an Honorary Member of the Psychoanalytic Center of California. She is married with four children and lives in Farnham, Surrey.

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