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WHY I AM AN OXFREUDIAN




Sigmund Freud was one of the first prominent intellectuals who endorsed the 1920 theory that "William Shakespeare" was a pseudonym of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. It is time that psychoanalysts-- and others-- re-examine Freud's theory about Shakespeare open-mindedly. Those who accept the overwhelming evidence that de Vere wrote the works of Shakespeare are known as Oxfordians. Psychoanalysts who reach the same conclusion might be called Oxfreudians. 

The premiere review of English literary scholarship, The Year's Work in English Studies, wrote of my 2010 article on the Sonnets: "Inferring  the  sexuality  of  the  sonnets’ author  directly  from  the  sonnets’ speaker,  and  allowing  for  less  poetic  license  than  other  critics,  Waugaman’s  article, ‘The  Bisexuality  of  Shakespeare’s  Sonnets  and  Implications  for  de  Vere’s  Authorship,’ argues  that  ‘the  wish  to  disconnect  art  from  life … is  strongly  influenced  by homophobic  readings  of  Shakespeare.’ "

Much poetic license is needed to reconcile the facts about William Shaksper of Stratford with the contention that he was the author of the Shakespeare canon. Georgetown University, which champions academic freedom, has named me one of their faculty experts on Shakespeare for media contacts. This is one more sign that the Shakespeare Authorship Question is a legitimate subject for inquiry, despite the claims of the traditional Stratfordians that there is no doubt whatsoever about the accuracy of their authorship theory. I invite you to explore this fascinating topic with an open mind. I include here many of my 60 publications on Shakespeare and the related topic of the psychology of pseudonymity.


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