Subject to Biography: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Writing Women's Lives

Subject to Biography: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Writing Women's Lives

by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674002075

ISBN-13: 9780674002074

Pub. Date: 03/01/2000

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In this provocative new book, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl illuminates the psychological and intellectual demands writing biography makes on the biographer and explores the complex and frequently conflicted relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis.

A practicing psychoanalyst, a distinguished scholar, and the widely praised biographer of Anna Freud and Hannah

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Overview

In this provocative new book, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl illuminates the psychological and intellectual demands writing biography makes on the biographer and explores the complex and frequently conflicted relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis.

A practicing psychoanalyst, a distinguished scholar, and the widely praised biographer of Anna Freud and Hannah Arendt, Young-Bruehl here reflects on the relations between self-knowledge, autobiography, biography, and cultural history. She considers what remains valuable in Sigmund Freud's work, and what areas--theory of character, for instance--must be rethought to be useful for current psychoanalytic work, for feminist studies, and for social theory.

Psychoanalytic theory used for biography, she argues, can yield insights for psychoanalysis itself, particularly in the understanding of creativity. Subject to Biography offers not simply the products of an astute mind, but an entrée into the thinking process; it welcomes the reader into the writer's workshop.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674002074
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
0.61(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Practice of Psychobiography

The Biographer's Empathy with Her Subject

Psychoanalytic Reflections on Creativity

Reflections on Anna Freud: A Biography

Looking for Anna Freud's Mother

Anna Freud as a Historian of Psychoanalysis

Profile of Anna Freud as a Latency Woman

A History of Freud Biographies

Hannah Arendt among Feminists

The Exemplary Independence of Hannah Arendt

Feminism and Psychoanalysis

Rereading Freud on Female Development

On Psychoanalysis and Feminism

What Happened to "Anorexie Hystérique"?

Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Anorexia Nervosa

Gender and Psychoanalysis

What Theories Women Want

Notes

Index

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