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On Replacement

Cultural, Social and Psychological Representations

  • Jean Owen
  • Naomi Segal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Naomi Segal, Jean Owen
    Pages 1-12
  3. What is replacement?

  4. Lost children

  5. Wayward Women

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Patrizia Grimaldi-Pizzorno
      Pages 91-102
  6. Law and Society

  7. Replacement films

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159

About this book


This book is an interdisciplinary study of the human drama of replacement. Is one’s irreplaceability dependent on surrounding oneself by a replication of others? Is love intrinsically repetitious or built on a fantasy of uniqueness? The sense that a person’s value is blotted out if someone takes their place can be seen in the serial monogamy of our age and in the lives of ‘replacement children’ – children born into a family that has recently lost a child, whom they may even be named after. The book investigates various forms of replacement, including AI and doubling, incest and bedtricks, imposters and revenants, human rights and ‘surrogacy’, and intertextuality and adaptation. The authors highlight the emotions of betrayal, jealousy and desire both within and across generations. On Replacement consists of 24 essays divided into seven sections: What is replacement?, Law & society, Wayward women, Lost children, Replacement films, The Holocaust and Psychoanalysis. The book will appeal to anyone engaged in reading cultural and social representations of replacement.


Personal Hauntings Doubling Replacement Twinning Revenants Holocaust Incest bedtricks

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Owen
    • 1
  • Naomi Segal
    • 2
  1. 1.LondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Birkbeck, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Dr Jean Owen is an independent researcher based in London, UK. Her academic interests lie in feminist theory, incest studies, psychoanalysis, anthropology, narrative traditions, and first-person writing. She has published articles on Anaïs Nin, Kathryn Harrison and Krys Lee.

Professor Naomi Segal researches in comparative literature, psychoanalysis and the body at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Her most recent monographs are Consensuality: Didier Anzieu, Gender and the Sense of Touch (2009) and André Gide: Pederasty and Pedagogy (1998). She has run Cultural Literacy in Europe ( since its origin in 2007.

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