Drawing from the author’s clinical work with gender-variant patients, Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference argues for a depathologizing of the transgender experience, whilst offering an original analysis of sexual difference. We are living in a "trans" moment that has become the next civil rights frontier. By unfixing our notions of gender, sex, and sexual identity, challenging normativity and essentialisms, trans modalities of embodiment can help reorient psychoanalytic practice.
This book addresses sexual identity and sexuality by articulating new ideas on the complex relationship of the body to the psyche, the precariousness of gender, the instability of the male/female opposition, identity construction, uncertainties about sexual choice—in short, the conundrum of sexual difference. Transgender Psychoanalysis features explications of Lacanian psychoanalysis along with considerations on sex and gender in the form of clinical vignettes from Patricia Gherovici's practice as a psychoanalyst. The book engages with popular culture, psychoanalytic literature, including Jacques Lacan’s treatments of two transgender patients, and implements close readings uncovering a new ethics of sexual difference.
These explorations have important implications not just for clinicians in psychoanalysis and mental health practitioners but also for transgender theorists and activists, transgender people, and professionals in the trans field. Transgender Psychoanalysis promises to enrich ongoing discourses on gender, sexuality, and identity.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Transamerica
Chapter 2: Depathologizing Trans
Chapter 3: Gender in the Blender
Chapter 4: Bring Sex Back
Chapter 5: Strange Bedfellows: Psychoanalysis and Sexology
Chapter 6: Changing Sex, Changing Psychoanalysis
Chapter 7: A Natural Experiment
Chapter 8: From Trance to Trans in Lacan’s Revisions of Hysteria
Chapter 9: Simulation, Expression, and Truth
Chapter 10: The Sweet Science of Transition
Chapter 11: The Singular Universality of Trans
Chapter 12: Portraits in A Two-Way Mirror
Chapter 13: Plastic Sex, the Beauty of It
Chapter 14: That Obscure Object: From Beauty to Excrement
Chapter 15: Freud’s Scatalog
Chapter 16: The Art of Artifice
Chapter 17: Clinic of the Clinamen
Chapter 18: Making Life Livable
Chapter 19: Body Trouble
Coda: Phallus Interruptus, or the Snakes’ Lesson
About the Author
Patricia Gherovici, Ph.D. is psychoanalyst and award-wining author. Her books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press, 2003, Gradiva Award and Boyer Prize), Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge, 2010), Lacan On Madness: Madness, Yes You Can’t (with Manya Steinkoler, Routledge, 2015), and Lacan, Psychoanalysis, and Comedy (with Manya Steinkoler, Cambridge University Press, 2016).