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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674002074
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 8.93(h) x (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

What People are Saying About This

A mature, thoughtful, and scholarly work, reflecting and embodying the experience of sustained research. With a distinctive voice and an equally distinctive capacity to take that one extra mental, reflexive step that deepens the material being presented, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl gives us complex, multidimentional perspectives on biography, psychoanalysis and feminism. It is a genuine pleasure to read her.

Paul Robinson

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl...reveals, with precision and candor, how she has brought her philosophical and psychoanalytic knowledge to the biographical task...she writes with unfailing awareness of the need to make herself intelligible and agreeable to the informed public.
— Stanford University

Victor Wolfenstein

A mature, thoughtful, and scholarly work, reflecting and embodying the experience of sustained research. With a distinctive voice and an equally distinctive capacity to take that one extra mental, reflexive step that deepens the material being presented, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl gives us complex, multidimentional perspectives on biography, psychoanalysis and feminism. It is a genuine pleasure to read her.
Victor Wolfenstein, University of California, Los Angeles; Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute

Jessica Benjamin

In these engrossing reflections, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl expands our vision of the work of the past as well as of the work that is to come. Wide-ranging and insightful, Subject to Biography is also a pleasure to read.
— author of The Bonds of Love

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