Freud's Women by Lisa Appignanesi

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As a writer, Sigmund Freud has affected powerful views on women. No one has been so vilified, both for his theories of the feminine, and for his alleged elevation of personal prejudice to the level of universality. Libertarian, old-fashioned moralist, Victorian patriarch, prophet of polymorphous perversity - these are only some of the charges leveled against Freud. Pitting biography against case history, mining correspondence and journals, and interlacing Freud's own dreams and fantasies, this book tells the many stories of the extraodinary women who touched Freud's life: from his daughter Anna (his Antigone) to the socialist/feminist Helene Deutsch; from the writer and femme fatale Lou Andreas Salome to Princess Marie Bonaparte, who moved from couch to royal court with amazing facility and became head of the French psychoanalytic movement. The book explores how these relationships influenced Freud's ideas, and traces their legacy in contemporary feminism. Lisa Appignanesi is the author of "Memory and Desire and Cabaret: The First Hundred Years". John Forrester is the author of "Language and the Origins of Psychoanalysis" and "The Seductions of Psychoanalysis".

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Published January 1, 1993 by Basic Books. 576 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, War, Self Help, Law & Philosophy, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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All of them--patients such as ``Dora,'' disciples such as daughter Anna Freud, friends such as Lou Andreas-SalomÇ--were creative allies in Freud's work, guides and mediators carrying his ideas, theories, even his mistakes into new territories with their writings and their organizations: Marie Bon...

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The Independent

Thus, in a discussion of the French theorist Jacques Lacan - who gets four pages even though he is not, strictly, a woman - we find sentences like this one: 'Yet the interminable ambiguities of the relation between the penis and the phallus render the correct reading of the Lacanian theory an unc...

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London Review of Books

And over the years 1920 to 1980, when the figures for women in medicine and law were 4-7 per cent and 1-5 per cent respectively, that for women analysts was 27 per cent.

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