The Practice of Love

The Practice of Love : Lesbian Sexuality and Perverse Desire

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In an eccentric reading of Freud through Laplanche and the Lacanian and feminist revisions, Teresa de Lauretis delineates a model of "perverse" desire and a theory of lesbian sexuality as represented in Radclyffe Hall's novel "The Well of Loneliness", Cherr'e Moraga's play "Giving Up the Ghost", and Sheila McLaughlin's film "She Must Be Seeing Things", among other texts. "The Practice of Love" discusses classic psychoanalytic narratives of female homosexuality, contemporary feminist writings on female sexuality, and the evolution of the original fantasies (the primal scene, seduction, and castration) into cultural myths or public fantasies. Finally, in asking how the social subject is produced as a sexual subject, the author brings together Freud, Peirce, and Foucault, arguing that subjectivity, fantasy, desire, and the drives themselves are oriented, structured, and restructured by psychic and social images, and by practices of sex as well as practices of representation, which are culturally available and historically more

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 164.3 x 243.8 x 30.5mm | 731.54g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253316812
  • 9780253316813

About Teresa De Lauretis

Teresa de Lauretis is Professor of the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Alice Doesn't: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema and Technologies of Gender and the editor of Feminist Studies/Critical Studies and of Queer Theory: Lesbian and Gay Sexualities (a special issue of the journal differences).show more

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION PART ONE: PSYCHOANALYSIS AND LESBIAN SEXUALITY 1. Freud, Sexuality, and Perversion 2. Female Homosexuality Revisited PART TWO: ORIGINAL FANTASIES, SCENARIOS OF DESIRE 3. Recasting the Primal Scene: Film and Lesbian Representation 4. The Seductions of Lesbianism: Feminist Psychoanalytic Theory and the Maternal Imaginary 5. The Lure of the Mannish Lesbian: The Fantasy of Castration and the Signification of Desire PART THREE: TOWARD A THEORY OF LESBIAN SEXUALITY 6. Perverse Desire 7. Sexual Structuring and Habit Changes Works Cited Films Cited General Index Index of Films Citiedshow more

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