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The spectral mother : Freud, feminism, and psychoanalysis / Madelon Sprengnether

Main Author Sprengnether, Madelon Country Estados Unidos. Publication Ithaca : Cornell University Press, cop. 1990 Description XIII, 264 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-8014-9611-X CDU 396 159.964.2 19 FREUD
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Sprengnether (English, U. of Minnesota) explores the strategies by which Freud avoided issues involving the mother, and undertakes a radical reinterpretation of the preoedipal mother from the perspective of feminist psychoanalytic theory. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Sprengnether has done a scholarly reassessment of the psychological and literary sources that attempt to theorize about the nature of women. There is an examination of object relations theory, Lacanian theory, and poststructuralism, along with concepts based on a philosophical and historical point of view. The issues are clearly focused and the author manages to elicit the flaws and ambiguities of Freud's theory related to the preoedipal mother. This is a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate of the influence of the patriarchal social order and its effect upon women. Sprengnether does an excellent job of bringing together Freud's ideas through the use of biographies, major case studies, and literary theory. There are sufficient documentations and citations to satisfy the serious scholar. A good supplement to this book is Psychoanalysis and Women: Contemporary Reappraisals, ed. by Judith L. Alpert (1986). These challenging ideas can add significantly to the current discussion by theorists and practitioners in a better understanding of psychology, feminism, and psychoanalytic thought. -G. M. Greenberg, emerita, Western Michigan University

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