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

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

by Bice Benvenuto
     
 

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 howSee more details below

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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)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
A Note on the Ancient Mysteries
1A Discourse on Love3
2What is the Psychoanalyst Supposed to Know?23
3The Passion of Childhood31
Interlude: Madness in Philosophy, or Derrida's Love of Lacan49
4Hysteria: Comedy ... dell'Arte59
5Compliance and Disagreement69
6The Paradoxes of the Earthly Woman77
7A Myth in Development: The Case of Little Hans95
8Winnicott's 'Piggle'107
9Klein's Narrative116
10To Die of Shame129
Time to Conclude147
Notes151
Bibliography160
Index165

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