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Juliet Mitchell FBA born is a British psychoanalyst , socialist feminist , research professor and author. Mitchell was born in Christchurch , New Zealand, in , and then moved to England in , where she stayed with her grandparents in the midlands.
In this extract, Juliet Mitchell talks about being both a feminist and a psychoanalyst.
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According to Mitchell, the construction of sexual difference is characterized by a certain degree of conservatism in that, despite efforts to effect social change, certain normative ways of organizing sexuality manage to persist and to be conveyed across generations. She stresses that this transmission, if it is in fact one, is not necessarily a conscious operation. The trajectory of psychic contents is not unwavering, and what is relayed into the present is only communicated with translations, transpositions, and deviations that leave what is passed on changed and never fully predictable. Sign In or Create an Account. Advanced Search. User Tools.
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Psychoanalysis and Feminism
This singular failure of development may seem all the more remarkable when one reflects that precisely what 20th-century feminism lacks is what 20th-century thought has peculiarly to offer: a psychological dimension. But the situation is, notoriously, not so simple. We are not considering an omission that has only to be identified for it to be put right. On the contrary: if it is psychoanalytic theory that is looked to as that from which the necessary supplementation will come, it is hostility and not mere negligence that has first to be surmounted. It is, however, one thing to think of a book in terms of a particular outcome that one might expect of or hope from it, and quite another thing for the book to have been written—that is, for it to have been conceived, constructed and executed—with this outcome as its explicit and overriding aim. Particularly when the issues are highly charged and readily distorted, a book can easily suffer, both as vehicle of truth and as machine for change, from setting out to ensure what it might otherwise be anticipated to achieve.
It will open in a new Tab in your internet browser. Psychoanalysis and Feminism. Juliet Mitchell. New York: Pantheon Books. This book is a refreshing counterthrust to currently fashionable attacks on Freud. It is written by a knowledgeable London-based feminist, a teacher of English literature who is an editor of the New Left Review and an extensive lecturer on women and liberation. Its thesis is that feminist rejection of Freudian theory is fatal to the women's movement.
Ah, penis envy! Is it on its way to becoming a topic for nostalgia, baking its place in the museum along with chastity belts and corsets? Will it fade away along with Viennese hysteria and Victorian pornography as we become freer to be you and me? Or will it still lurk in the timeless unconscious, too deep to be reached by social reforms and fashionably liberated attitudes? If one can hold Mitchell's vision in focus long enough, it looks quite compelling. The odds against anyone's clang this are unfortunately considerable, thanks to Mitchell's irritatingly pretentious and doctrinaire style. There are scholarly chapters on Freud, and major, thoroughgoing, often very astute critiques of the feminist and New Left favorites, Wilhelm Reich and R.
PDF | On Jun 19, , Wendy Hollway and others published Interview with Juliet Mitchell - Psychoanalysis and Feminism: Then and now.
Feminism and Psychoanalysis pp Cite as. Although, of the two, feminism has shown itself to be the most belligerent, psychoanalysis has not been known to come begging for forgiveness or reconciliation. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.