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Shadow of the Other : Intersubjectivity and Gender in Psychoanalysis - Jessica Benjamin

Shadow of the Other

Intersubjectivity and Gender in Psychoanalysis

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Published: 22nd January 1998
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"Shadow of the Other" is a discussion of how the individual has two sorts of relationships with an "other"--other individuals. The first regards the other as a s work apart is her brilliant utilization of a systematic dialectical approach to her subject, always maintaining the delicate balance between opposing tensions: masculinity and femininity, subjectivity and objectivity, passivity and activity, love and aggression, fantasy and reality, modernism and postmodernism, the intrapsychic and the intersubjective. Benjamin s work apart is her brilliant utilization of a systematic dialectical approach to her subject, always maintaining the delicate balance between opposing other as a mental repository fo unwanted characteristics cast from the self.
Jessica benjamin shows the implications of this dual relationship for male/female hierarchy and offers a possibility for balancing the two. This book continues the author's well-known explorations of the themes of intersubjectivity and gender, taking up issues at the forefront of contemporary debates in feminist theory and psychoanalysis.

""The Shadow of the Other... is an impressive effort at building and integrating theory in the domain of feminism, gender, object relations theory, and intersubjectivity." -"Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association "Jessica Benjamin's latest effort to bring critical theory and psychoanalysis into a dynamic conversation results in many splendid insights. She defends her provocative claim that psychoanalysis is an extension of the Enlightenment, clarifies her own relational contribution to object-relations theory, and insists that harboring alterity within the self remains the ideal for psychic life. Along the way, she emphasizes the importance of undoing repudiations, of rewriting the oedipal and pre-oedipal in relation to gender polarity, and reminds us of the oscilliation of gender categories. In calling for a reintegration of the preoedipal into the postoedipal, she makes the matter of intersubjective recognition at once complex and urgent.." -Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley ..."tightly written and carefully argued." -"Journal of Feminist Family Therapy "A timely volume for gender studies programs, and for graduate programs with psychoanalytic components.." -"Choice ""Shadow of the Other extends Benjamin's groundbreaking and influential studies of gender, intersubjectivity, love and aggression. Her original elaboration of intersubjectivity serves to intertwine feminism and relational psychoanalysis into a tightly woven and richly textured intellectual tapestry. What really sets Benjamin's work apart is her brilliant utilization of a systematic dialectical approach to her subject, always maintaining the delicate balance betweenopposing tensions: masculinity and femininity, subjectivity and objectivity, passivity and activity, love and aggression, fantasy and reality, modernism and postmodernism, the intrapsychic and the intersubjective. Benjamin's capacity to creatively play with intellectual ideas is unsurpassed as she continually spins concepts around, moving in new, unexpected, and surprisingly useful directions.." -Lewis Aron, Ph.D., ABPP New York University Postdoctoral Program

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Primal Leap of Psychoanalysis, From Body to Speech: Freud, Feminism, and the Vicissitudes of the Transferencep. 1
"Constructions of Uncertain Content": Gender and Subjectivity beyond the Oedipal Complementaritiesp. 35
The Shadow of the Other Subject: Intersubjectivity and Feminist Theoryp. 79
Referencesp. 109
Indexp. 121
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ISBN: 9780415912372
ISBN-10: 0415912377
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 150
Published: 22nd January 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 0.89
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 3