The Castration of Oedipus: Psychoanalysis, Postmodernism, and Feminism

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The dialects of domination and submission in the context of gender-indentified people are central to Smith and Ferstman's argument. Men and women, they insist, must avoid the temptation to fetishize equality and recognize the roles of domination and submission in the human psyche, or, in Nietzsche's terms, 'the Will to Power.'
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Overview

The dialects of domination and submission in the context of gender-indentified people are central to Smith and Ferstman's argument. Men and women, they insist, must avoid the temptation to fetishize equality and recognize the roles of domination and submission in the human psyche, or, in Nietzsche's terms, 'the Will to Power.'
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Editorial Reviews

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"Whether you agree with Smith and Ferstman or not, this book will provoke you to think. And that may be its biggest contribution after all."

-Professor Stephen Taubeneck,University of British Columbia

"J.C. Smith and Carla J. Ferstman have collaborated on a project that shamelessly completes the incomplete work of Nietzsche, Freud, Lacan, and Derrida. They insist on a radical social, psychical, and political transformation of conventional feminism."

-Professor Henry Kariel,author of The Desperate Politics of Postmodernism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814780183
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

J.C. Smith is Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia, and the author of Psychoanalytic Roots of Patriarchy: The Neurotic Foundations of Social Order, also from NYU Press.

Carla J. Ferstman is Associate Counsel at the firm of Bolton and Muldoon.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Thinking the Unthinkable 10
2 The Sexuality of Politics 31
3 Knowledge and the Languaging Body 52
4 The Dialectics 80
5 The Dialectics of Fantasy 113
6 The Dialectics of Signification 142
7 The Dialectics of Desire 171
8 Ariadne and Dionysus 200
9 Medusa Depetrified 232
10 Oedipus 259
Notes 287
Index 305
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