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Mad Men and Medusas


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Hysterial; Sigmund Freud - a fragment of a case of hysteria in a male; Dora - a fragment of a case of hysteria in a female; where has all the hysteria gone?; sexuality, death and reproduction; from hysteria to motherhood; emptiness and possession; the hysterical life; trauma; hysteria - from catastrophe to trauma.

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Juliet Mitchell, the author of Psychoanalysis and Feminism, is currently a visiting professor in Comparative Literature at Yale University, where she is also a Fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center. She is a university lecturer in Gender and Society at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Jesus College. She lives in London and Cambridge.


Mitchell (A.D. White professor-at-large, Cornell Univ.; Psychoanalysis and Feminism) writes with clinical and literary aplomb, arguing that hysteria, mimicking, and migrating still abide. To make her points, she addresses Freud's cases, some of her own, and psychoanalysts Otto Rank, Melanie Klein, Jacques Lacan, and D.W. Winnicott. The many topics include sex and reproduction, motherhood, language, witchcraft, trauma, memory, and perception. Mitchell faults psychoanalysis for ignoring male hysterics (Freud himself, Don Juan, Iago, Lear), sibling relationships, and violence (rape, war, and death). Even those who frown on her overall support of Freud, especially the Oedipal thesis, will benefit from Mitchell's deep, broad scholarship and brilliant hermeneutics. With Elisabeth Bronfen's The Knotted Subject (LJ 8/98), E. Young-Bruehl and Faith Bethelard's Cherishment (LJ 1/00), and Louis Breger's Freud (LJ 9/1/00), this book invigorates psychoanalytic thought and belongs in larger general collections and smaller ones in psychology, medicine, women's studies, anthropology, and literature.DE. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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