A Desire for Women: Relational Psychoanalysis, Writing, and Relationships between Women

A Desire for Women: Relational Psychoanalysis, Writing, and Relationships between Women

by Suzanne Juhasz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813532736

ISBN-13: 9780813532738

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


This book explores women's desire for women as it is located in examples of twentieth-century British and American women's writing, including fiction, memoir, and poetry by such writers as Virginia Woolf, Vivian Gornick, Dorothy Allison, Mary Gordon, Toni Morrison, Marilyn Hacker, and Audre Lorde. Suzanne Juhasz discusses how literary writing functions to enact…  See more details below

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This book explores women's desire for women as it is located in examples of twentieth-century British and American women's writing, including fiction, memoir, and poetry by such writers as Virginia Woolf, Vivian Gornick, Dorothy Allison, Mary Gordon, Toni Morrison, Marilyn Hacker, and Audre Lorde. Suzanne Juhasz discusses how literary writing functions to enact and negotiate a series of relationships between women: daughter-mother, mother-daughter, lesbian lover-lesbian lover, writer-reader, and reader-writer. She shows how writing is a component of interpersonal relationships and how relationships are central to the construction of personal and social identity.

Uniquely weaving together psychoanalytic, feminist, queer, and literary theory as well as memoir to examine the value and meaning of relationships between women, Juhasz explores the writings of adult daughters, mothers, and lovers to consider how language both traces and shapes the contours of experience. She emphasizes the initial bond between mother and infant as the bedrock of identity formation, a process involving love, recognition, desire, and language, and shows how that relationship serves as source and model for all future loves.

Juhasz's lucid prose unravels the meaningful yet overlooked intricacies of the relationships that inflect much of women's writing in the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813532738
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: "Memoirs of Mommy"1
1Love and Language7
2Daughter Writing and the Search for Recognition
Vivian Gornick's Fierce Attachments: A Memoir, Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, and Susannah Moore's My Old Sweetheart32
3A Wedge-Shaped Core of Darkness: Representing the Mother
Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse61
4Mother Writing and the Narrative of Maternal Subjectivity
Mary Gordon's Men and Angels and Toni Morrison's Beloved90
5The Shapes of Maternal Desire
Liza Nelson's Playing Botticelli120
6Riding the Flying Mare and Being Her: Complementary Identification and Lesbian Desire
Poetry by Merle Woo, Therese Murdza, Judy Grahn, Marilyn Hacker, Amy Edgington, Pat Parker, Lori Faulkner, and Janice Gould143
7A Drive from the Mother's Blood: Lesbian Relationship
Audre Lorde's Zami: A New Spelling of My Name167
8Readerly Desire and the Transference Relationship
Joan Could's Spirals: A Woman's Journey through Family Life190
Notes221
Bibliography229
Index237

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