Incorporating autobiography as well as reflections on relations between mothers and daughters, psychoanalysis, feminist theorizing, race, and modernist political theories and philosophies, renowned feminist theorist Jane Flax brings together eight of her most recent essays in Disputed Subjects.
‘Indisputably required reading ... Lively, sophisticated, and challenging discussions at the crucial intersection of feminist, psychoanalytic, and political ideas. Jane Flax allows her own multiple and conflicting identities into open dialogue, and the result is a promontory on the postmodern landscape.’ – Kenneth J. Gergen
‘Jane Flax is one of the most challenging women writing today ... It is the well-informed voice of sanity, balance and courage.’ – Phyllis Grosskurth
‘Jane Flax’s bold new book challenges orthodoxies in feminism, psychoanalysis, and postmodernism. By questioning the questions that have been taken to define these fields, she demonstrates once again the originality of her thinking.’ – Alison M. Jaggar
Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledgements. Overview/Reflections. 1. Minerva’s Owl: Fragments of a Thinking Life. Psychoanalysis. 2. Final Analysis: Can Psychoanalysis Survive in the Postmodern West? 3. Forgotten Forms of Close Combat: Mothers and Daughters Revisited. Politics and Philosophy. 4. Is Enlightenment Emancipatory? 5. Multiples: On the Contemporary Politics of Subjectivity 6. The Play of Justice. In-conclusion. 7. The End of Innocence. Author Index. Subject Index.