Deconstructing the Feminine
Psychoanalysis, Gender and Theories of Complexity
By (author) Leticia Glocer Fiorini
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Deconstructing the Feminine by Leticia Glocer Fiorini
Book DescriptionThe guiding thread of this theoretical review is the illumination of the impasses of binary thought and of the essentialist conceptions of women and the feminine. In this trajectory, the author's ongoing dialogue with Freud is connected with one aspect of his way of thinking: multicentred and complex. The text addresses questions relating to love, sexual desire, maternity, beauty and the passing of time and highlights current debates concerning women, the feminine, and sexual difference as well as some controversial topics that have been discussed throughout the history of the psychoanalytic movement.One of the most relevant subjects is the notion of 'feminine enigma' and the conceptions of the feminine as the negative of the masculine, which means going into the nature-nurture debate, as well as into considerations of the feminine seen as the other of the masculine. The author points out that the notion of 'feminine enigma' is a displacement of the enigmas inherent to the origins, to the finite time of life (the inevitability of death) and to sexual difference. The basic misunderstanding stemming from this enigmatic condition is an equation of the feminine to otherness.This text is the result of a line of work that the author has been developing for several years, based on her psychoanalytic training and practice as well as on her reading and interests relating to women and the feminine in other fields: philosophy, epistemology, anthropology and history. It is part of her interest in the modes of thought underlying conceptualizations on women in psychoanalysis. Advances in the relation between psychoanalysis and the feminine involve considering the complex relations around the question of sexual difference and the always problematic construction of sexual identity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781855754096
(230mm x 147mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Karnac Books
Publisher: Karnac Books
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Leticia Glocer Fiorini
On Freud's 'Femininity', Paperback (April 2010)
Discourse on women has changed greatly since Freud's time. It coincides with deep changes experienced by women and the feminine position, at least in most of the Western world. The authors are interested in illuminating ways in which these changes have or have not influenced psychoanalytic debate in relation to the feminine.
Experience of Time, Paperback (July 2009)
While it does not ignore the 'psychological time arrow' no doubt distinguishing past, present and future, psychoanalysis reveals that in analytic experience, time acquires diverse formations in which these distinctions become complex. This book states that psychoanalysis revolutionizes the common conception of time.
On Freud's 'Mourning and Melancholia', Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Leticia Glocer Fiorini
Both melancholia and mourning are triggered by the same thing, that is, by loss. The distinction often made is that mourning occurs after the death of a loved one while in melancholia the object of love does not qualify as irretrievably lost.
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Author Biography - Leticia Glocer Fiorini
Leticia Glocer Fiorini is a training psychoanalyst of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association. She is the author of 'The Feminine and the Complex Thought', and editor of 'The Other in the Intersubjective Field' and 'Time, History and Structure. A Psychoanalytical Approach'. Among other contributions in psychoanalytic journals she has published 'The enigma of the sexual difference', in 'Feminine Scenarios"'; 'Assisted fertilization, new problems' in 'Prevention in Mental Health'; 'The sexed body and the real, its meaning in transsexualism' in 'Masculine Scenarios'; 'Psychoanalysis and Gender, Convergences and Divergences' in 'Psychoanalysis and Gender Relations'; and 'The bodies of present-day maternity' in 'Motherhood in the Twenty-first Century'.
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