The Interpretation of the Flesh: Freud and Femininity

The Interpretation of the Flesh: Freud and Femininity

by Teresa Brennan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415074487

ISBN-13: 9780415074483

Pub. Date: 10/08/1992

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The 'riddle of femininity', like Freud's reference to women's sexuality as a 'dark continent', has been treated as a romantic aside or a sexist evasion rather than as a problem to be solved. In this first comprehensive study, Teresa Brennan suggests that by placing these ideas in the context of Freud's work as a whole, we will begin to understand why femininity was…  See more details below

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The 'riddle of femininity', like Freud's reference to women's sexuality as a 'dark continent', has been treated as a romantic aside or a sexist evasion rather than as a problem to be solved. In this first comprehensive study, Teresa Brennan suggests that by placing these ideas in the context of Freud's work as a whole, we will begin to understand why femininity was such a riddle for Freud. Brennan argues that by turning to Freud's work and his concrete questions about femininity, a psychical state which occurs in men and women alike, the problem is clearly a soluble one, provided that Freud's concern with energy is taken into account. The real riddle of femininity is as much a problem for thinking about physicality as a problem for the subject who suffers from what Freud described as 'femininity's negative effects on curiosity, intelligence and activity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415074483
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/08/1992
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Note on translations and texts
1The riddle of femininity1
Freud's two theories of femininity9
Metapsychology and the two 'spatial' topographies17
Psychical reality: time lost25
Memory guide30
2The riddle's repression37
Freud's three papers on femininity, female sexuality, and the 'Great Debate'39
Subsequent developments65
The second debate66
Freud's last words81
3The division of attention83
The Studies on hysteria86
The divergence from Breuer101
Constructed inertia107
The defence of repression119
4The involution of the drives135
The analogy theory and the libido137
The quantitative factor143
The unclear origins of the drives147
Involution: femininity and the 1911 theory of the ego158
Hypothesizing170
5The original superego178
Freud and the Superego179
Freud and Klein190
Love and Hate194
Masochism196
6Conclusion: the riddle again216
Bibliography: Freud241
Select bibliography248
Index259

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