Freud's Women

Overview

Sigmund Freud's ideas permeate our everyday thinking about life, love, gender, the family, and the relation between the sexes. These ideas took on their shape and substance in the same period that "the woman question" became a burning issue. Sometimes championed as a liberator of women, Freud has also been virulently attacked for his theories of the feminine and for elevating his personal prejudices to the height of universal pronouncement.

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Overview

Sigmund Freud's ideas permeate our everyday thinking about life, love, gender, the family, and the relation between the sexes. These ideas took on their shape and substance in the same period that "the woman question" became a burning issue. Sometimes championed as a liberator of women, Freud has also been virulently attacked for his theories of the feminine and for elevating his personal prejudices to the height of universal pronouncement.

Freud's Women examines biography, case history, dreams, correspondence, journals, and theory to chart Freud's views on femininity. It also tells the many stories of Freud's women and explores their influence on him and his on them: dutiful daughter Anna, who carried on his work; the novelist and turn-of-the-century femme fatale, Lou Salomete Marie Bonaparte, who mixed royalty and perversity with effortless ease and became the head of the French psychoanalytic movement; the early hysterics who were the cornerstone of psychoanalysis--all these and more emerge vividly from the pages of this important study as it assesses Freud's contemporary legacy.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A marvelously rich and engrossing work of intellectual history, deftly composed.”
- Richard Wollheim, The New York Times Book Review

“An ambitious history of Freud’s relationships with women--a lucid, sympathetic account.”
-Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year

“This wonderful book is the tale of the great twentieth-century love affair with Freudian thought. It is an overblown historical romance that has at its centre the riddle of femininity itself.”
-Suzanne Moore, The Guardian

From The Critics
Novelist Appignanesi and Freud scholar Forrester (Cambridge U.) analyze how women family, friends, patients, and followers (some pictured) served as key guides in Freud's life despite his theoretical perplexity over femininity. Originally published by Basic Books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892746948
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Appignanesi

Lisa Appignanesi is a novelist and writer. Her fiction includes Paris Requiem, Sanctuary, The Dead of Winter, and The Things We Do for Love, among other novels. She is also the author of Losing the Dead: A Family Memoir, a biographical portrait of Simone de Beauvoir, and Cabaret.

John Forrester

John Forrester, Professor of History and Philosophy of the Sciences at Cambridge University, is the author of Truth Games, Dispatches from the Freud Wars, The Seductions of Psychoanalysis, Language and the Origins of Psychoanalysis, and The Freudian Century.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations vii
Preface ix
Text Acknowledgments xi
Freud on Trial 1
Part I The Freud Family Romance
1 The Young Freud 11
2 'Not a Bad Solution of the Marriage Problem' 42
Part II Inventing Psychoanalysis
3 The First Patients 63
4 The Dream of Psychoanalysis 117
5 Dora: An Exemplary Failure 146
Part III A Woman's Profession
6 Early Friends, Early Cases, Early Followers 171
7 Sabina Spielrein and Loe Kann: Two Analytic Triangles 204
8 Lou Andreas-Salome: 'The Fortunate Animal' 240
9 Anna Freud: The Dutiful Daughter 272
10 Helene Deutsch: As If A Modern Woman 307
11 Marie Bonaparte and Freud's French Court 329
12 Joan Riviere and Alix Strachey: Translating Psychoanalysis 352
13 The Friendship of Women 372
Part IV The Question of Femininity
14 Freud's Femininity: Theoretical Investigations 397
15 The Dispute over Woman 430
16 Feminism and Psychoanalysis 455
The Summing Up 475
Abbreviations 493
Notes 495
Bibliography 547
Index 567
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