Psyche of Feminism
Sand, Colette, Sarraute
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: Purdue University Press
Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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List of Abbreviations
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George Sand's heroine Lelia explores, painfully, the impossibility of love between men and women given that their relation is characterized by the domination of the former and the submission of the latter. Shoshana Felman argues that the relation of psychoanalytic thought to literature is fundamentally impoverished when one discourse sets itself up as the master of the...
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The Psyche of Feminism began to take shape while I was a graduate student of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Binghamton. I thank the professors there who patiently guided and challenged the development of my thinking: Chris Fynsk, Marilyn Gaddis Rose, Tom Keenan, and Steven David Ross. The work could not have been completed...
Introduction-Psychoanalytic Feminism:Sexual Difference and Another Love
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Psychoanalytic feminism is a field that has only begun to emerge over the past three decades, and the question of what constitutes its approach is still being negotiated. Works by Luce Irigaray, Juliet Mitchell, and Sarah Kofman, as well as more recent explorations of the question of femininity in psychoanalytic theory such as Teresa Brennan's Interpretation of the...
Chapter One-George Sand and the Impossible Woman
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It would be difficult to think of an author as important to the development of women's writing and feminism in France as George Sand, the more so because her relation to both of these categories is ambiguous. If she wrote "as a woman," then she also wrote "as a man." If she was a feminist, arguing for the right of women to divorce and for an end to their social and...
Chapter Two-What Does a Woman Enjoy? Colette's Le pur et l'hnpur
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Toward the end of his career, Freud famously told his one-time analysand, then friend and benefactress, Marie Bonaparte,1 that the most important question for psychoanalysis was the one he had not been able to answer throughout all his research and practice: "The great question, which has never been answered and which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty...
Chapter Three-Nathalie Sarraute: After the Feminine Subject
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In this chapter, I argue that Nathalie Sarraute's writing can offer an important direction to contemporary thinking about ethics and sexual difference. To elect Sarraute as a writer who speaks to the question of "ethics and sexual difference" or even "women's writing" may seem perverse, and calls for some sort of initial explanation. Sarraute's work, from Tropismes (1939)...
Conclusion-The Psyche of Feminism
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In recent discussions of the current state of feminism,1 contemporary feminist thought is largely divided between an "old guard" primarily concerned with equality, and a "new guard" associated with various "posts" (-modern, -colonial, -feminist). The post- group challenges the stable identity of "women," while the old guard widens its eyes in alarm at the inverted...
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Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2004
Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures