Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back / Edition 1

Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back / Edition 1

by Janice Haaken
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813528372

ISBN-13: 9780813528373

Pub. Date: 07/01/2000

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

 Pillar of Salt introduces the controversy over recollections of childhood sexual abuse as the window onto a much broader field of ideas concerning memory, storytelling, and the psychology of women. The book moves beyond the poles of “true” and “false” memories to show how women’s stories reveal layers of gendered and

Overview

 Pillar of Salt introduces the controversy over recollections of childhood sexual abuse as the window onto a much broader field of ideas concerning memory, storytelling, and the psychology of women. The book moves beyond the poles of “true” and “false” memories to show how women’s stories reveal layers of gendered and ambiguous meanings, spanning a wide historical, cultural, literary, and clinical landscape. The author offers the concept of transformative remembering as an alternative framework for looking back, one that makes use of fantasy in understanding the narrative truth of childhood recollections.

Haaken provides an alternative reading of clinical material, showing how sexual storytelling transcends the symbolic and the “real” and how cultural repression of desire remains as problematic for women as the psychological legacy of trauma.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813528373
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Looking Back1
Part IFrameworks for Looking Back: Gender, Memory, and Social Pathology
Chapter 1Family Remembrances: A Daughter and a Mother Look Back19
Chapter 2The Ghost in the Machine: Emotion and the Science of Memory39
Chapter 3The Trauma Model: Insights and Hysterical Blind Spots60
Chapter 4Psychoanalytic Feminism: Bridging Private and Public Remembrances84
Part IIRecovering Historical Memory: Sexual Storytelling, Hypnosis, and Hysteria
Chapter 5Social Remembering and the Legendary Past109
Chapter 6Hypnotic Encounters: Eroticized Remembering and Altered States129
Chapter 7Hysterical Heroines152
Part IIIClinical Storytelling and Contemporary Social Dilemmas
Chapter 8Testifying to Trauma: The Sexual Abuse Recovery Movement and Feminist Clinical Practice177
Chapter 9Speaking in Tongues: Multiplicity and Psychiatric Influence198
Chapter 10Between the Devil and the Deep: Satanic Ritual Abuse Narratives and Cultural Crises222
Chapter 11Sex, Lies, and Therapy245
Conclusions: Looking Back and Looking Forward266
Notes277
Bibliography303
Index317

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