It has been over two decades since the publication of the last major edited collection focused on psychoanalysis and early modern culture. In Shakespeare studies, the New Historicism and cognitive psychology have hindered a dynamic conversation engaging depth-oriented models of the mind from taking place. The essays in New Psychoanalytic Readings of Shakespeare: Cool Reason and Seething Brains seek to redress this situation, by engaging a broad spectrum of psychoanalytic theory and criticism, from Freud to the present, to read individual plays closely. These essays show how psychoanalytic theory helps us to rethink the plays’ history of performance; their treatment of gender, sexuality, and race; their view of history and trauma; and the ways in which they anticipate contemporary psychodynamic treatment. Far from simply calling for a conventional "return to Freud," the essays collected here initiate an exciting conversation between Shakespeare studies and psychoanalysis in the hopes of radically transforming both disciplines. It is time to listen, once again, to seething brains.

chapter |16 pages


part I|52 pages

Cryptonomy, Necrology, Ghosts

chapter 1|16 pages

“That Dim Monument”

The Fantasy of the Crypt in Romeo and Juliet and Antigone

chapter 2|17 pages

The Time Is Out of Joint

Hamlet Speaks to the Dead

chapter 3|17 pages

“Mine Own, and Not Mine Own”

Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and Early-Modern Psychotheology

part II|32 pages

Festivity and Sacrifice

chapter 4|16 pages

Hamlet's Nobler Choice

The Interior Game

chapter 5|14 pages

“Is this a holiday?”

Festivity and Sacrifice in Julius Caesar

part III|46 pages

History and Trauma

chapter 6|13 pages

“All Badged with Blood”

Equivocation as Trauma in Macbeth

chapter 7|16 pages

“Crawling between earth and heaven”

Sadomasochism and Subjectivity in Hamlet

chapter 8|15 pages

The Primal Scene in Pericles

Trauma, Typology, and Mythology

part IV|48 pages

Gender Trouble

chapter 10|16 pages

The Gilded Puddle

Scatology, Race, and Masochism in Antony and Cleopatra

part V|50 pages

Shakespeare and the Matter of Clinical Practice

chapter 12|18 pages

“Method in't”

Hamlet as Analysand