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Subject to Biography: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Writing Women's Lives

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In this provocative new book, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl illuminates the psychological and intellectual demands writing biography makes on the biographer and explores the complex and frequently conflicted relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis.

A practicing psychoanalyst, a distinguished scholar, and the widely praised biographer of Anna Freud and Hannah Arendt, Young-Bruehl here reflects on the relations between self-knowledge, autobiography, biography, and cultural history. She considers what remains valuable in Sigmund Freud's work, and what areas--theory of character, for instance--must be rethought to be useful for current psychoanalytic work, for feminist studies, and for social theory.

Psychoanalytic theory used for biography, she argues, can yield insights for psychoanalysis itself, particularly in the understanding of creativity. Subject to Biography offers not simply the products of an astute mind, but an entrée into the thinking process; it welcomes the reader into the writer's workshop.

Synopsis:

A practicing psychoanalyst, a distinguished scholar, and the widely-praised biographer of Anna Freud and Hannah Arendt, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl here reflects on the relations between self-knowledge, autobiography, biography, and cultural history. She considers what remains valuable in Sigmund Freud's work, and what areas--theory of character, for instance--must be rethought to be useful for current psychoanalytic work, for feminist studies, and for social theory.

About the Author

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl was a psychotherapist at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She was the author of two well-known biographies, one of Hannah Arendt and one of Anna Freud, as well as Freud on Women, Creative Characters, and a collection of essays, Mind and the Body, and a novel, Vigil.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Practice of Psychobiography

The Biographer's Empathy with Her Subject

Psychoanalytic Reflections on Creativity

Reflections on Anna Freud: A Biography

Looking for Anna Freud's Mother

Anna Freud as a Historian of Psychoanalysis

Profile of Anna Freud as a Latency Woman

A History of Freud Biographies

Hannah Arendt among Feminists

The Exemplary Independence of Hannah Arendt

Feminism and Psychoanalysis

Rereading Freud on Female Development

On Psychoanalysis and Feminism

What Happened to "Anorexie Hystérique"?

Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Anorexia Nervosa

Gender and Psychoanalysis

What Theories Women Want

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674002074
Author:
Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Biography as a literary form
Subject:
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Subject:
Psychology-Movements - Psychoanalysis
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20000301
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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