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Wild Desires and Mistaken Identities : Lesbianism and Psychoanalysis - Noreen O'Connor

Wild Desires and Mistaken Identities

Lesbianism and Psychoanalysis

Paperback Published: 1st December 2003
ISBN: 9781855753303
Number Of Pages: 316

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This groundbreaking book provides a challenging exploration of psychoanalytic ideas about lesbians and lesbianism. Based on the authors' clinical experience as psychoanalytic psychotherapists, it offers a new and thoughtful framework that does not inevitably pathologise or universalise all lesbianism. A wide range of psychoanalytic ideas are surveyed, from Freud, Deutsch and Jung to Lacan and contemporary object-relations theorists. Questions on sexual identity, sexual desire and gender identity, of transference and countertransference, and also of institutional practices in relation to training, are all critically - and stimunlatingly - addressed.

'Offers the first critical, systematic, and comprehensive survey of psychoanalytic writings on female homosexuality available in English...Remarkable not only for being the first such survey to appear in print, and for its sustained attention to both psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice, but especially for its effort to work through both Freudian psychoanalysis from a lesbian perspective, questioning and yet retaining both categories - psychoanalysis and lesbianism - in tension with each other...Immensely valuable.'- Teresa de Laurentis, Journal of the History of Sexuality'Ranks among the best of recent psychoanalytic work on same-sex object choice...Should prove of great interest to those who are interested primarily in lesbianism and to those who are more concerned with the more general issues of the contours and limitations of psychoanalytic theory and discourse.'- Psychoanalytic Books'[This] exhaustive critical review of psychoanalytic theories about female homosexuality is a necessary reference tool for analytic therapists who want to understand the history and development of psychoanalytic thinking on the subject.'- Clinical Social Work Journal'A truly original venture...The clinical examples are invaluable in widening our understanding.'- Josephine Klein

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 9
Freud: Disappointment and Repudiationp. 30
The Masculine Woman: Identification and Rivalry with the Fatherp. 48
The Child and the Mother: Deutsch and the Maternal/Eroticp. 62
Klein: The Phantasy that Anatomy is Destinyp. 73
Spoiling the Perverse Gratification: Narcissism and Metapsychologyp. 84
Truth and Reality: McDougall and Gender Identityp. 102
Promises and Contradictions: Lacan and Language, Irigaray and Kristevap. 134
Jung: The Waters and the Wildp. 160
Eroticism and Countertransferencep. 174
Different Voices? Sources of Dissent and Dialoguep. 192
Identities: Mistaken, Assumed, Revealed or Concealed?p. 236
Postscriptp. 264
Notesp. 275
Bibliographyp. 297
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9781855753303
ISBN-10: 1855753308
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 1st December 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.46