Psychoanalysis and Women, Volume 32 of The Annual of Psychoanalysis, is a stunning reprise on theoretical, developmental, and clinical issues that have engaged analysts from Freud on. It begins with clinical contributions by Joyce McDougall and Lynne Layton, two theorists at the forefront of clinical work with women; Jessica Benjamin, Julia Kristeva, and Ethel Spector Person, from their respective vantage points, all engage the issue of passivity, which Freud tended to equate with femininity. Employing a self-psychological framework, Christine Kieffer returns to the Oedipus complex and sheds new light on the typically Pyrrhic oedipal victory of little girls.
Section III broadens the historical context of contemporary theorizing about women by offering the personal reminiscences of Nancy Chodorow, Carol Gilligan, Brenda Solomon, and Malkah Notman. A final section, dedicated to "women who shared psychoanalysis," features historical essays on Ida Bauer (Freud's "Dora"), Anna Freud, Dorothy Burlingham, Edith Jacobson, and Therese Benedek, along with Linda Hopkins's revealing interview of Marion Milner. Of special note is Marian Tolpin's examination of three women - Bauer, Helene Deutch, and Anna Freud - who helped shape Freud's notion of the "femail castration complex," and Elisabeth Young-Bruehl's exploration of how two women - Anna Freud and Dorothy Burlingham - developed parent-infant observation.
Psychoanalysis and Women is an extraordinary chronicle of the distance traveled since Freud characterized women's sexual life as "the dark continent." The contributors vitalize a half century of theory with the lessons of biography, and they broaden clinical sensibilities by drawing on recent developmental, gender-related, and socio-psychological research. In doing so, they attest to the ongoing reconfiguration of Freud's dark continent and show the psychoanalytic psychology of women to be very much a revolution in progress.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Jerone A. Winer, James William Anderson, & Christine C. KiefferI. Psychology of Women: Clinical1. The Psychoanalytic Voyage of a Breast-Cancer Patient - Joyce McDougall2. Relational No More: Defensive Autonomy in Middle Class Women - Lynne LaytonII. Psychology of Women: Theoretical3. Deconstructing Femininity: Understanding "Passivity" and the Daughter Position - Jessica Benjamin4. Some Observations on Female Sexuality - Julia Kristeva5. Selfobjects, Oedipal Objects, and Mutual Recognition: A Self-Psychological Reappraisal of the Female "Oedipal Victor" - Christine C. Kieffer6. Something Borrowed: How Mutual Influences Among Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Straights Changed Women's Lives - Ethel Spector PersonIII. Psychoanalysis and Women: Personal Narratives7. Psychoanalysis and Women: A Personal Thirty-Five-Year Retrospect - Nancy J. Chodorow8. Recovering Psyche: Reflections on Life-History and History - Carol Gilligan9. Psychoanalysis and Feminism: A Personal Journey - Brenda C. Solomon10. Being a Woman Analyst from the 1960s into the Next Century: Some Reflections - Malkah T. NotmanIV. Women Who Shaped Psychoanalysis11. In Search of Theory: Freud, Dora, and Women Analysts - Marian Tolpin12. Anna Freud and Dorothy Burlingham at Hempstead: The Origins of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Observation - Elisabeth Young-Bruehl13. Edith Jacobson: Forty Years in Germany (1897-1938) - Michael Schroeter, Elke Muehlleitner, & Ulrike May14. Therese Benedek: Shaping Psychoanalysis from Within - Erika Schmidt15. Red Shoes, Untapped Madness, and Winnicott on the Cross: An Interview with Marion Milner - Linda B. Hopkins