Transcending the sex and gender dichotomy, rethinking sexual difference, transgenerational trauma, the decolonization of gender, non-Western identity politics, trans*/feminist debates, embodiment, and queer trans* psychoanalysis, these specially commissioned essays renew our understanding of conventionally held notions of sexual difference.
Looking at the intersections between psychoanalysis, feminism, and transgender discourses, these essays think beyond the normative, bi-gender, Oedipal, and phallic premises of classical psychoanalysis while offering new perspectives on gender, sexuality, and sexual difference. From Freud to Lacan, Kristeva, and Laplanche, from misogyny to the #MeToo movement, this collection brings a timely corrective that historicizes our moment and opens up creative debate.
Written for professionals, scholars, and students alike, this book will also appeal to psychoanalysts, psychologists, and anyone in the fields of literature, film and media studies, gender studies, cultural studies, and social work who wishes to grapple with the theoretical challenges posed by gender, identity, sexual embodiment, and gender politics.
'A broad and important collection of essays on feminist psychoanalysis, bringing together the authoritative major figures in the field with provocative work by emerging scholars and analysts. Proof, if it were needed, of the vitality of feminist psychoanalytic study, which appears more necessary, as well as richer, than ever.'
Grace Lavery, University of California, Berkeley
'One of the fundamental discoveries of psychoanalysis was that sexuality is not simply about intimacy, but is ridden by the social. Social relations are very much at work in sexuality, which is why shifts in social relations often play out on the ground of sexuality, as questions of sexuality and its vicissitudes. Contemporary debates are striking evidence of this connection, and this collection of essays captures, reiterates and reflects on it most impressively.'
Alenka Zupancic, Institute of Philosophy at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and the Arts
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1: The Genealogy of Sex and Gender 1. Tim Dean, 'Freud's Ménage à Quatre' 2. Elissa Marder, 'Glôssa and "Counter-Will": The Perverse Tongue of Psychoanalysis' 3. Darian Leader, 'The Gender Question from Freud to Lacan' 4. Jamieson Webster and Marcus Coelen, 'Two Analysts Ask, "What is Genitality? Ferenczi's Thalassa and Lacan's Lamella"' 5. Genevieve Morel, 'Undoing the Interpellation of Gender and the Ideologies of Sex' Part 2: Queering Psychoanalysis: Fantasy, Anthropology and Libidinal Economy 6. Eve Watson, 'The Role of Phantasy in Representations and Practices of Homosexuality: Colm Tóibín’s The Blackwater Lightship and Edmund White's Our Young Man' 7. Ray O'Neill, 'Oscar Wilde: Father and Som' 8. Monique David-Ménard, 'Does the Anthropology of Kinship Talk about Sex?' 9. Kelly Oliver, 'From Fundamentalism to Forgiveness: Sex/Gender Beyond Determinism or Volunteerism' 10. Juliet Flower MacCannell, 'Sexual (In)difference in Late Capitalism: "Freeing Us from Sex"' Part 3: Being and Becoming TRANS-* 11. Sheila L. Cavanagh, 'Tiresias and the Other Sexual Difference: Jacques Lacan and Bracha L. Ettinger' 12. Oren Gozlan, 'In-Difference: Feminisim and Transgender in the Field of Fantasy' 13. Ranjana Khanna, 'Translation, Geschlecht and Thinking Across: On the Theory of Trans-' 14. Dina Al-Kassim, 'Scenes of Self-Conduct in Contemporary Iran: Transnational Subjectivities Knitted On Site' 15. Calvin Thomas, 'Lacanistas in the Stalls: Urinary Segregation, Transgendered Abjection, and the Queerly Ambulant Dead' 16. Dany Nobus, 'Becoming Being: Chance, Choice and the Troubles of Trans*cursivity' 17. Elena Comay del Junco, 'Just Kidding: Valeria Solana's SCUM and Andrea Long Chu's Females' 18. Yannik Thiem, 'Transgender Quarrels and the Unspeakable Whiteness of Psychoanalysis'
About the Editors:
Patricia Gherovici is a psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor. She is a multiple award-winning author who has authored or edited six books, including Please Select Your Gender (2010) and Transgender Psychoanalysis (2017).
Manya Steinkoler is a psychoanalyst and professor of English BMCC, CUNY. She has co-edited with Jessica Datema, Revisioning War Trauma in Cinema (2019), with Vanessa Sinclair, On Violence and Psychoanalysis (2019), with Patricia Gherovici, Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy (2016), and Madness Yes You Can’t: Lacan on Madness (2015).