Femininity, Desire and Sublimation in Psychoanalysis: From the Melancholic to the Erotic

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Author: Elda Abrevaya

Publisher: Routledge

Published: 15/08/22

ISBN: 9781032140810 -- This title is due to be published on the 15th August 2022. You can if you wish, order it now at our special pre-publication price and we will deliver it to you as soon as it becomes available.

This title is due to be published on the 15th August 2022. You can if you wish, order it now at our special pre-publication price and we will deliver it to you as soon as it becomes available.

Femininity, Desire and Sublimation in Psychoanalysis explores female subjectivity and examines the complexities inherent in psychoanalytic work realized by women analysts with women.

The book includes a critical study of psychoanalytic theories on femininity as well as a reflection on social aspects of gender. Elda Abrevaya envisages different paths to femininity, illustrated in the text with studies of Virginia Woolf and Marguerite Duras, and examines the vicissitudes of the relation of the little girl with the mother, and her crucial challenge, which is separation from the mother, in order to access erotic life and the use of cultural objects. Femininity, Desire and Sublimation in Psychoanalysis also explores the question of sublimation, shedding light on a field that has not been sufficiently explored in terms of female sexuality and female identity. Throughout the book, sublimation in women comes to the forefront as a source of satisfaction, liberation and participation in public life.

The book will be important reading for psychoanalysts and other clinicians in the field of mental health as well as academics in the fields of gender studies, literature, philosophy and sociology.