Shakespeare as Prompter


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Foreword by Adrian Noble. Foreword by Ismod Rosen. I. Prologue. 1. A Prompting Paradigm. 2. Prompting Possibilities. 3. The Frame of Things. II. Shakespeare as Prompter in Therapeutic Encounters. Introduction. 1. Narrative Failure. 2. The Prompting Process. 3. Emphasis, Rhythm and Cadence. 4. Language. 5. Action. III. Shakespeare's Paraclinical Precision Compromise With Chaos. Introduction. 1. Time. 2. Depth. 3. Mutuality. 4. Mind. 5. Body. 6. Mind and Body: Sexuality. IV. Theatres of Operation. Introduction. 1. Projective Possibilities. 2. Clinical Compression, Subtext and Life-Sentence. 3. Forensic Psychotherapy as Paradigm. 4. Madness. 5. Clinical Phenomenology and Shakespeare. Epilogue: The Amending Imagination. References. Index.

About the Author

Murray Cox M.A.F.R.C.Psych.M.Inst.G.A.(Hon) was Consultant Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital from 1970 to 1997. He edited Shakespeare Comes to Broadmoor and Forensic Psychotherapy: Crime Psychodynamics and the Offender Patient (jointly with Christopher Cordess) and wrote Shakespeare as Prompter and Mutative Metaphors in Psychotherapy with Alice Theilgaard, all published by Jessica Kingsley. Alice Theilgaard Dr.Med.Sci. Cand.Psych. Professor of Medical Psychology, The University of Copenhagen. She is Honorary Research Fellow, The Shakespeare Institute, The University of Birmingham.


...a delightful read... The authors demonstrate the value of the 'aesthetic imperative within the therapeutic space when narrative begins to fail'; they show with rich examples how therapists become prompters - prompted themselves by Shakespeare... Within this clearly written, intelligent, witty narrative, they present clinical examples along with the richness of Shakespeare's 'prompts' which can open up the therapist's imagination and deepen the emotional dialogue with the patient. -- American Journal of Psychiatry
This book is a way of writing about psychotherapeutic matters missed since Jung. -- Nord J Psychiatry
The book is a tour de forcey20...powerful, challenging and exhilarating glimpse into the working reality of two practitioners...a most impressive book...richly stimulating text. -- British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

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