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Shattered Selves: Multiple Personality in a Postmodern World
     

Shattered Selves: Multiple Personality in a Postmodern World

by James M. Glass
 

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James M. Glass exposes the limitations of postmodernist thought by examining the first-person narratives of women institutionalized with multiple personality disorder.

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James M. Glass exposes the limitations of postmodernist thought by examining the first-person narratives of women institutionalized with multiple personality disorder.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Glass's scholarly, impassioned study plunges readers into a world of ongoing torment, suffering, alienation, terror and distortion--the lives of women with multiple personality disorder (MPD), whom he interviewed at a Maryland psychiatric hospital. All of his subjects develop alter-selves as protection from the horrors of childhood incest or other physical and mental abuse. One woman had participated in satanic cult rites and was repeatedly raped by her father, who was the cult's high priest. The patients' compelling narratives are interwoven with Glass's complex critique of postmodernist thinkers like Jean Baudrillard and Jean-Francois Lyotard, who reject psychoanalysis and celebrate a self without boundaries. Glass ( Private Terror/Public Life ) charges that the postmodernists' nihilistic view of the self as a purely social construct dangerously neglects people's inner realities and their propensity for painful fragmentation. His feminist discourse analyzes MPD as the consequence of male abuse of power in a patriarchal society. (July)
Booknews
The postmodern assertion that we can no longer live with a single identity, but must acquire radical multiple personalities, says Glass (government, U. of Maryland), denies human psychological needs and undermines the postmodern political agenda. He juxtaposes postmodern statements with the testimony of women in mental institutions who must live without a firm identity, mostly because of incest. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801482564
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Series:
4/18/2008
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.56(d)

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Martha Noel Evans
Reading this book was at once an enlightening and a harrowing experience. Glass' indictment of the post-modern theory of the self, his discussion of schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder, and his appeal to readers to interpret the world from the point of view of the victims themselves will raise crucial questions of both theoretical and practical interests concerning postmodernism, cultural theory, feminism, and the treatment of the insane.
— Martha Noel Evans, author of Fits and Stars: A Genealogy of Hysteria in Modern France

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