Men, loss and spiritual emergency: Shakespeare, the death of Hamnet and the making of Hamlet.

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dc.contributor.author Bray, Peter en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-08T02:13:52Z en
dc.date.issued 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, 2008, 2 (2), pp. 95 - 115 en
dc.identifier.issn 1177-2484 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27677 en
dc.description.abstract How does a father manage the death of his son or his father? What might a playwright do? This article proposes that confronted with the multiple loss of his son Hamnet and subsequently his father John, William Shakespeare experienced a transformational consciousness event or “spiritual problem” (DSM IV), defined by Grof and Grof as a “spiritual emergency” (SE), which he explores through the making of his masterpiece Hamlet. The play’s central male character is a fine example of an instrumental masculine response to coping with loss. It is argued that the depiction of Hamlet’s struggle towards self knowledge can be explained in terms of Stan Grof’s model of transformation. In his play Shakespeare expresses a unique view of complicated masculine grief and loss. Through Hamlet’s soliloquies he explores and maps the terrifying terrain and rich interior world of his own psychic journey and transformation. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality en
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dc.title Men, loss and spiritual emergency: Shakespeare, the death of Hamnet and the making of Hamlet. en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 95 en
pubs.volume 2 en
pubs.author-url http://www.jmmsweb.org/issues/volume2/number2/pp95-115 en
pubs.end-page 115 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 505784 en
pubs.org-id Education and Social Work en
pubs.org-id Counselling,HumanServ &Soc.Wrk en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2015-11-21 en


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