Psychoanalysis, Historiography, and Feminist Theory: The Search for Critical Method

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In this book Katherine Kearns explores the relationship of history to narrative. She combines psychoanalysis with recent feminist theory to reveal the hidden assumptions behind the construction of any historical narrative. Her alternative approach, one she labels psychohistoriography, rejects the notion that certain historical categories are inalienably given. By introducing insights derived from psychoanalysis and critical theory, Kearns expands our conception of what can legitimately count as historical evidence.

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"This is a witty, acute, refreshingly modest, and yet far-reaching study that is arguably the first book seriously to challeneg from an informed feminist angle the received notions of legitimation, authority, and evidence in historical and literary narratives." Richard Macksey, John Hopkins University Press
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521587549
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/1997
  • Series: Literature, Culture, Theory Series, #25
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Oedipal pedagogy: becoming a woman; 2. Strange Angels: negation and performativity; 3. Daddy: notes upon an autobiographical account of paranoia; 4. Telling stories: historiography and narrative; Conclusion; Index.

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