Dr. Krims, a psychoanalyst for more than three decades, takes readers into the sonnets and characters of Shakespeare and unveils the Bard's talent for illustrating psychoanalytical issues. These hidden aspects of the characters are one reason they feel real and, thus, have such a powerful effect, explains Krims. In exploring Shakespeare's characters, readers may also learn much about their own inner selves. In fact, Krims explains in one chapter how reading Shakespeare and other works helped him resolve his own inner conflicts.
Topics of focus include Prince Hal's aggression, Hotspur's fear of femininity, Hamlet's frailty, Romeo's childhood trauma and King Lear's inability to grieve. In one essay, Krims offers a mock psychoanalysis of Beatrice from Much Ado about Nothing. All of the essays look at the unconscious motivations of Shakespeare's characters, and, in doing so, both challenge and extend common understandings of his texts.
About the Author:
Marvin Bennett Krims, M.D., is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Krims is also Supervisor and Instructor of Psychotherapy at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program. He is also Associate Clinical Professor at Tufts Medical School. Dr. Krims is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He won the 1998 Robert J. Stoller Foundation Prize for his essay In Defense of Volumnia in Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Coriolanus.