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Couching Resistance : Women, Film and Psychoanalytic Psychiatry - Janet Walker

Couching Resistance

Women, Film and Psychoanalytic Psychiatry

Paperback Published: 1st March 1993
ISBN: 9780816622337
Number Of Pages: 240

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In "Couching Resistance", Janet Walker examines professional and popular psychiatric literature published between World War II and the mid-1960s to develop a picture of psychiatry's ambivalent response to women patients. This ambivalence, Walker argues, also comes through in the profusion of Hollywood films from the same period on the subject of psychiatry and women. Even though in many cases men and women made up an equal number of psychiatric patients, psychiatry and fictional psychiatry often relied on the adjustment of "deviant" women in order to present their respective solutions. Still, Walker reveals a self-critical strain in psychiatry that attacked the profession's authoritarianism. Over the time period in question she sees an increasing willingness on the part of Hollywood cinema to deal with volatile issues, including childhood sexual trauma and the social origins of female mental illness. These issues were coming up, Walker says, in the emergent feminist critique of conformist psychiatry. Walker's reading of films including "The Snake Pit", "The Three Faces of Eve", "Lilith", and "Freud" in conjunction with such non-film cultural representations as marriage manuals, pharmaceutical advertisments, and letters from psychiatrists to motion-picture personnel, responds to the challenge to understand film in its wider cultural context. The book is aimed at those in the field of American cultural studies, women and psychology, women's studies, film studies.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Women and Psychiatry: Reading the Cultural Texts
Psychiatry after World War II: The Stake in Womenp. 1
Women and Psychiatric Techniquep. 23
Marriage and Psychiatry; or, Transference-Countertransference as a Love Affairp. 51
The Institutional Edificep. 88
Psychiatry and the Working Womanp. 122
Psychiatrists and Cinema: A Correspondencep. 139
Conclusion: Feminine Sexuality and the Fallible Freudp. 151
Notesp. 161
Filmography Ap. 191
Selected Filmography Bp. 194
Selected Filmography Cp. 196
Selected Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780816622337
ISBN-10: 0816622337
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st March 1993
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34

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