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Author Jordan Moore
Title "If thou Didst Ever thy Dear Father Love": A Lacanian Reading of The Brothers Karamazov through Hamlet
Department English
Advisors Ty Buckman, Cynthia Richards, and Lila Zaharkov
Year 2009
Honors University Honors
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Abstract This paper compares the similarities of Fyodor Dostoevsky's the three brothers in The Brothers Karamazov and the namesake of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. In his seminar entitled "Desire and the Interpretation of Desire in Hamlet," Jacques Lacan studies the Shakespearean play through a number of psychoanalytic lenses to create and explore the theories "law of the father", "object of mourning", and the "tragedy of the underworld". Using these theories allowed Lacan to open up the text of Hamlet to piece together a map of Hamlet's mind and translate the theories into universal formulas of psychology. This paper analyzes The Brothers Karamazov by applying Lacan's reading of Hamlet to Dostoevsky's work.

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