Mothers and Daughters and the Origins of Female Subjectivity

Mothers and Daughters and the Origins of Female Subjectivity

by Jane Van Buren
     
 

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ISBN-10: 041538673X

ISBN-13: 9780415386739

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Mothers and Daughters and the Origins of Female Subjectivity challenges the theory of the Oedipus complex, which permeates psychoanalytic theory, psychology, semiotics and cultural studies. The book focuses on the re-examination of women's development through the theories of primitive mental states.

Women's subjectivity has been profoundly limited by continuing

Overview

Mothers and Daughters and the Origins of Female Subjectivity challenges the theory of the Oedipus complex, which permeates psychoanalytic theory, psychology, semiotics and cultural studies. The book focuses on the re-examination of women's development through the theories of primitive mental states.

Women's subjectivity has been profoundly limited by continuing anxieties about the mother's body. Jane Van Buren describes how women are gradually escaping the curse of inferiority and finding a voice, enabling the mother to provide their daughters with a legacy of rightful agency over their bodies and minds. Drawing on the theories of Klein, Bion and Winnicott, and incorporating recent developments in psychobiology, this book provides a novel approach to subjects including the dreams, myths and phantasies of individuals, the nature of mother and daughter relationships, sexuality, pregnancy, menstruation and the idea of the mother's body as problematic and dangerous.

This interdisciplinary investigation into curtailed female subjectivity and its many ramifications in society, culture and individual mental growth will be of great interest to all practising psychoanalysts, and those studying psychoanalytic theory and gender studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415386739
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Plates     viii
Foreword   James S. Grotstein     ix
Acknowledgments     xii
Introduction     1
Silences from the deep: women's subjectivity and the voice of the turtle     8
Female subjectivity     27
Saint Anne and two others: configuration of the grandmother within the dreaming couple     54
The daughter's body, Part I: the site of the haunting     79
The infant subject in vivo     103
The daughter's body, Part II     121
Conclusion     144
Bibliography     149
Index     159

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