Psychoanalysis and Feminism
Juliet Mitchell’s Psychoanalysis and Feminism1 would seem to insert itself in a broad tradition of books in whose titles one finds ‘and’ tucked snugly between two powerful nouns. In such cases, the conjunction serves to indicate either the author’s study of little- or well-known intersections between the two domains, or a projection of a possible, fruitful union. Within this tradition the most strenuous task allotted to ‘and’ might be to connect two substantives that are totally indifferent to each other. Yet, this is not the fate of Mitchell’s ‘and’, which lies serenely on the cover in denial of the battle that is raging between psychoanalysis and feminism. This ‘and’ bridges the gap between two combatants; it runs back and forth holding its white flag as high as possible. 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. The quiescent tradition of ‘and’ as mainstay for peaceful coexistence is belied by the assertiveness of Mitchell’s step.
KeywordsEthical Discourse Cultural Construct Toilet Training Peaceful Coexistence Patriarchal Culture
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Notes and References
- 1.Juliet Mitchell, Psychoanalysis and Feminism (Allen Lane and Pantheon, 1974; Pelican Book, 1975; same pagination throughout these different editions).Google Scholar