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Psyche of Feminism
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The Psyche of Feminism argues that a feminist ethics, in order to be both feminist and ethical, needs to embrace psychoanalysis. After reviewing the relation between feminism and psychoanalysis and arguing for the centrality of psychoanalysis to feminist thought, the study offers an analysis of two attempts by George Sand to reimagine the sexual relationship (Letters to Marcie, Lelia), where the emphasis is on political injustice and the impossibility of women's desires. Moving from rights and desires to the question of pleasures, Peebles then takes up a relatively little-read work by Colette, The Pure and the Impure, in which the narrator suggests that pleasure and its corporeal language hold the key to any understanding of masculinity and femininity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xv
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  1. Introduction-Psychoanalytic Feminism:Sexual Difference and Another Love
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. Chapter One-George Sand and the Impossible Woman
  2. pp. 33-86
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  1. Chapter Two-What Does a Woman Enjoy? Colette's Le pur et l'hnpur
  2. pp. 87-125
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  1. Chapter Three-Nathalie Sarraute: After the Feminine Subject
  2. pp. 126-162
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  1. Conclusion-The Psyche of Feminism
  2. pp. 163-172
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  1. Appendix-English Translations
  2. pp. 173-195
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-209
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-225
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-232
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