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Name Mr George Donaldson
Job title Senior Teaching Associate
Department Department of English University of Bristol
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Qualifications BA(Bristol)
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Keywords Freud
Shakespeare
Freud's 'readings' of Shakespeare
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Romanticism
literary creativity
psychoanalysis
Areas of expertise My current main research interest is in Freud and Shakespeare. This interest has a double focus: first, a critical reassessment of Freud's 'readings' of Shakespeare, in his essays on particular plays (RichardIII, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear and Macbeth), and in his case histories (e.g. 'The Rat Man') and theoretical works - particularly in psychopathology, metapsychology (e.g. 'The Unconscious' and 'Mourning and Melancholia'), and applied psychoanalysis - where Hamlet is a centrally recurrent concern; and, second, a critical investigation of plays which, although not analysed by Freud himself, seem peculiarly susceptible to a psychoanalytic approach and interpretation.

Other areas of research interest are in Romanticism, especially Blake, Shelley, and Hazlitt; in D.H. Lawrence; in Malcolm Lowry; and, arising out of the specific interest in Freud and Shakespeare described above, in the theoretical and practical applicability of psychoanalysis generally to literary creativity and literary texts.