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Description - Virginia Woolf and the Fictions of Psychoanalysis by Elizabeth Abel

"A stunning, brilliant, absolutely compelling reading of Woolf through the lens of Kleinian and Freudian psychoanalytic debates about the primacy of maternality and paternality in the construction of consciousness, gender, politics, and the past, and of psychoanalysis through the lens of Woolf's novels and essays. In addition to transforming our understanding of Woolf, this book radically expands our understanding of the historicity and contingent construction of psychoanalytic theory and our vision of the potential of psychoanalytic feminism." Nancy J. Chodorow, University of California at Berkeley ""Virginia Woolf and the Fictions of Psychoanalysis" brings Woolf's extraordinary craftsmanship back into view; the book combines powerful claims about sexual politics and intellectual history with the sort of meticulous, imaginative close reading that leaves us, simply, seeing much more in Woolf's words than we did before. It is the most exciting book on Woolf to come along in some time." Lisa Ruddick, Modern Philology"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226000817
ISBN-10: 0226000818
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 153mm x 16mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Elizabeth Abel

Elizabeth J. Abel, associate professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley, is the editor of "Writing and Sexual Difference" and the coeditor of The Signs Reader, both of which are published by the University of Chicago Press.

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