Sabina Spielrein: The Woman and the Myth

Sabina Spielrein: The Woman and the Myth

by Angela M. Sells


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Explores the life and work of psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein through a feminist and mytho-poetic lens.

Gold Winner for Psychology, 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

Long stigmatized as Carl Jung’s hysterical mistress, Sabina Spielrein (1885–1942) was in fact a key figure in the history of psychoanalytic thought. Born into a Russian Jewish family, she was institutionalized at nineteen in Zurich and became Jung’s patient. Spielrein went on to earn a doctorate in psychiatry, practiced for over thirty years, and published numerous papers, until her untimely death in the Holocaust. She developed innovative theories of female sexuality, child development, mythic archetypes in the human unconscious, and the death instinct. In Sabina Spielrein, Angela M. Sells examines Spielrein’s life and work from a feminist and mytho-poetic perspective. Drawing on newly translated diaries, papers, and correspondence with Jung and Sigmund Freud, Sells challenges the suppression of Spielrein’s ideas and shows her to be a significant thinker in her own right.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438465784
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/02/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Angela M. Sells received her PhD in Mythology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Table of Contents

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1. Sabina Spielrein: A Life and Legacy Explored

2. Trauma, Transference, and Suppression: Sabina Spielrein and the Myth of Echo (and Narcissus)

3. An Affair Misremembered: Sabina Spielrein and the So-Called Love Cure

4. Writing as a Way of Coming into Being (Sabina Spielrein’s Diaries)

5. Sabina Spielrein in Academia: Destruction and Transformation

6. Sabina Spielrein’s Correspondence and Traps of the“Feminine”

7. Sabina Spielrein: Coming into Being


Appendix A: Timeline for Sabina Spielrein as Reflected in Sabina Spielrein: The Woman and the Myth with Select Bibliography
Appendix B: Contributions to the Knowledge of a Child’s Soul
Appendix C: Sabina Spielrein in Image and on the Page
Appendix D: Images of Myths Mentioned

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