Synopses & Reviews
"An eloquent work. Somer Brodribb not only gives us a feminist critique of postmodernism with its masculinist predeterminants in existentialism, its Freudian footholdings and its Sadean values, but in the very form and texture of the critique, she literally creates new discourse in feminist theory. Brodribb has transcended not only postmodernism but its requirement that we speak in its voice even when criticizing it. She creates a language that is at once poetic and powerfully analytical. Her insistent and compelling radical critique refuses essentialismfrom both masculinist thinkers and their women followers. She demystifies postmodernism to reveal that it and its antecedents represent yet another mundane version of patriarchal politics. Ultimately Brodribb returns us to feminist theory with the message that we must refuse to be derivative and continue to originate theory and politics from the condition of women under male domination."
Kathleen Barry, author of Female Sexual Slavery
An iconoclastic work brilliantly undertaken . . . Nothing Mat(T)ers magnificently shows that postmodernism is the cultural capital of late patriarchy. It is the art of self- display, the conceit of masculine self and the science of reproductive and genetic engineering in an ecstatic Nietzschean cycle of statis."
Nothing Mat(T)ers encapsulates in its title the valuelessness of the current academic fad of postmodernism. Somer Brodribb has written a brave and witty book demolishing the gods and goddesses of postmodernism by deconstructing their method and de-centering their subjects and, in the process, has deconstructed deconstructionism and decentered decentering! This is a long-awaited and much-needed book from a tough- minded, embodied, and unflinching scholar."
"Highly recommended." -Psychoanalytic Books,
"A fascinating collection of essays by both European and North American psychoanalysts. . . . A major contribution to the growing knowledge about Ferenczi, his inspirations, creativity, and risky directions." -Rosemary Balsam,Choice
This brave, brilliant (and funny!) book by a Canadian feminist is the antidote for intellectual toxicities caused by decentered deconstructionist detritus. The Plucky Wench of the Year Awards definitely goes to Brodribb, for proving the emperor has no clothes or brains.—Ms. Magazine (May/June 1993)
If one has any interest in 'postmodernism' whatsoever, Somer Brodribb's excellent Nothing Mat(t)ers is required reading.[...] Confronts the absence of the subject and privileging of the 'system' or structure over experience in postmodernism...This book needs to be read and pondered....—David Clippinger, Rain Taxi (1999)
What we need to escape, according to Brodribb, is not the body, but the dualistic thinking that finds its latest expression in postmodern anti-materiality. —Ellen Travis, Herizons (Winter 1993)
In this challenging and controversial work, political theorist Somer Brodribb explains the foundations of recent postmodern theory and criticizes and demystifies postmodernism.
Sigmund Freud's role in the history and development of psychoanalysis continues to be the standard by which others are judged. One of the most remarkable features of that history, however, is the exceptional caliber of the men and women Freud attracted as disciples and coworkers. One of the most influential, and perhaps overlooked, of them was the Hungarian analyst Sndor Ferenczi. Apart from Freud, Ferenczi is the analyst from that pioneering generation who addresses most immediately the concerns of contemporary psychoanalysts.
In Ferenczi's Turn in Psychoanalysis fifteen eminent scholars and clinicians from six different countries provide a comprehensive and rigorous examination of Ferenczi's legacy. Although the contributors concur in their assessment of Ferenczi's stature, they often disagree in their judgments about his views and his place in the history of psychoanalysis. For some, he is a radically iconoclastic figure, whose greatest contributions lie in his challenge to Freudian orthodoxy; for others, he is ultimately a classical analyst, who built on Freud's foundations. Divided into three sections, Contexts and Continuities, Disciple and Dissident, and Theory and Technique, the essays in Ferenczi's Turn in Psychoanalysis invite the reader to take part in a dialogue, in which the questions are many and the answers open-ended.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-172) and index.
About the Author
Somer Brodribb taught feminist theory and politics at the University of Victoria in the 1990s. Her experience of backlash is outlined in The Equity Franchise, CCLOW, Women's Education, 1996, and is the focus of Dorothy Smith's chapter Texts and Repression in Writing the Social, 1999.
She published on organizing strategies and power. One of her best articles is about establishing a shelter: Winonah's RFR, 1988. She currently lives in England, and her short fiction has appeared in The Sandhopper Lover (2009), produced by the Welsh publisher, Cinnamon Press, online at Writers' Hub (2012), online at Notes from the Underground (2012) and in The French Literary Review, (2012).