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  • Aug 2022

Matrixial Subjectivity, Aesthetics, Ethics, Volume 1, 1990-2000

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the work of Bracha L. Ettinger for psychoanalysts and researchers in psychology, psychoanalysis, feminism, aesthetics and cultural theory

  • Includes explanatory prefaces to each chapter and a lengthy introduction by Griselda Pollock

  • Advances advanced current debates on femininity and sexual difference, trauma, ethics and aesthetics

  • Situates Ettinger’s work in relation to socio-psychoanalytical theory and practice and current social and philosophical debates

Part of the book series: Studies in the Psychosocial (STIP)

About this book

This book is the first of two volumes that, together, present for the first time a comprehensive collection of three decades of the theoretical writings of artist and theorist Bracha L Ettinger. Edited and introduced by Griselda Pollock they provide a systematic anthology of Ettinger’s path-breaking and influential concept of Matrixial subjectivity-as-encounter and jointness-in-difference, and chart her radical intervention in aesthetics, ethics and theories of subjectivity far beyond classical feminist and current gender/queer theory.  

This first volume includes the writings in which Ettinger elaborates her original concepts of Matrixial space-time and metramorphosis, fascinance, wit(h)nessing, resonance, transcryptum, com-passion, self-fragilization and resistance, co-emergence and copoiesis transform theories of the subject, Eros, alliance and love, sexual difference, alterity, relationality, trauma and violence. Her critical dialogue with theorists including Levinas, Lacan, Lyotard and Deleuze & Guattari, Butler, Cavarero and Irigaray is evident here.

A leading authority on Matrixial theory, Griselda Pollock provides explanatory prefaces to each chapter and a lengthy introduction that situates Ettinger’s work in relation to socio-psychoanalytical theory and practice and current social and philosophical debates. Ettinger’s interlacing of psychoanalysis, ethics, and aesthetics can be seen here to address some of the deepest challenges of our social, cultural and political existence today.  


  • aesthetics
  • ethics studies
  • feminist cultural theory
  • fine arts and psychology
  • gender studies
  • philosophy of art
  • psychoanalysis
  • social psychology
  • social science
  • sociology
  • psychosocial studies
  • postcolonial histories of art and film
  • Holocaust and post-traumatic studies
  • cultural memory
  • aesthetic transformation
  • lacan

Authors, Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

    Griselda Pollock

  • Art and Psychoanalysis, Bracha L. Ettinger Studio, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Bracha L. Ettinger

About the editor

Bracha L Ettinger is an international contemporary visual artist, theorist and psychoanalyst whose wide-ranging artworking, theoretical writings and teaching have influenced art theory, feminism, philosophy and psychoanalysis. She is Marcel Duchamp Chair and Professor of Psychoanalysis and Art at European Graduate School, Switzerland and Distinguished Professor at The Global Center for Advanced Studies, Dublin, Ireland.   

Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art at the University of Leeds, UK. She is an art historian, cultural analyst and critical theorist working on violence, trauma and aesthetic transformation. Her recent publications include Art in the Time-Space of Memory and Migration: Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud and Bracha Ettinger (2015); Charlotte Salomon and the Theatre of Memory (2018) and Concentrationary Art: Jean Cayrol, the Lazarean and the Everyday in Post-war Film, Literature, Music and the Visual Arts (2019) edited together with Max Silverman.  

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