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Concerning the Rites of Psychoanalysis: Or the Villa of the Mysteries

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Concerning the Rites of Psychoanalysis is the first book to look at Lacanian psychoanalysis in the context of the clinic. The central theme is the interplay of knowledge and love in different processes of initiation, revelation and analysis. Benvenuto begins with a detailed discussion of the Ancient Mysteries and the unveiling of the phallus and illustrates how these prefigure discoveries in Lacanian psychoanalysis about the symbol, the feminine and the sacred. She goes on to examine the Oedipal myth and questions whether the psychoanalytic process is a ritual initiation of this complex. In order to fully explore this issue, she looks at case studies from Freud, Melanie Klein, Winnicott and from her own practice. She then turns to the ultimate mystery of psychoanalysis--female sexuality. She ends her text with a sustained elaboration of the role of shame and death in psychoanalysis.

Benvenuto brings both the clinical and the symbolic thread together in a new theory of feminine sexuality which takes up where Lacan drew the veil. This book will appeal to readers in psychoanalysis, literary criticism, gender and feminist studies, psychology and philosophy and anyone interested in Lacan's work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415912556
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/13/1994
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Bice Benvenuto is a Lacanian psychoanalyst, a member of the Ecole Europeene de Psychanalyse and a director of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. She has been practicing in London for the last twelve years.

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Ancient Mysteries
1 A Discourse on Love 3
2 What is the Psychoanalyst Supposed to Know? 23
3 The Passion of Childhood 31
Interlude: Madness in Philosophy, or Derrida's Love of Lacan 49
4 Hysteria: Comedy ... dell'Arte 59
5 Compliance and Disagreement 69
6 The Paradoxes of the Earthly Woman 77
7 A Myth in Development: The Case of Little Hans 95
8 Winnicott's 'Piggle' 107
9 Klein's Narrative 116
10 To Die of Shame 129
Time to Conclude 147
Notes 151
Bibliography 160
Index 165
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