Freud's Women

Freud's Women

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Using Freud's theoretical writings to illuminate his relations with women - from his wife, Martha, to one of his closest female friends, Lou Andreas-Salome, this book explores how these relations informed the development of his ideas and traces the legacy of these ideas in contemporary feminism.show more

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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 30.48mm | 385.55g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0140286543
  • 9780140286540

Review Text

Sigmund Freud is one of the most significant thinkers of the 20th century. His ideas have shaped not only many disciplines including psychoanalysis but the whole intellectual climate of the last 50 years, permeating political and cultural history and every-day contemporary thought, the way we think about relationships, sex and gender. However, he has often been attacked by feminists for his theory of the feminine and accused of letting his personal prejudices affect his theories; in explaining differences between the sexes in terms of our deep-rooted unconscious providing ammunition for patriarchs. This fascinating study draws material from journals, correspondence and biography to reveal the influence of the women in his life and the effect they had on his ideas of the feminine. Looking at the relationships with his daughter Anna, femme fatale Lou Salome, and Marie Bonaparte who herself had a major influence on the foundations of the psychoanalytic movement, it draws a portrait of the man which equally questions the preconceptions of freudians and feminists. (Kirkus UK)show more