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Rowntree, E.B. (1996). Female Psychology: An Annotated Psychoanalytic Bibliography. Edited by Eleanor Schuker and Nadine A. Levinson. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1991, xxv + 678 pp., $59.95.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 44:1283-1286.

(1996). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 44:1283-1286

Female Psychology: An Annotated Psychoanalytic Bibliography. Edited by Eleanor Schuker and Nadine A. Levinson. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1991, xxv + 678 pp., $59.95.

Review by:
Ellen B. Rowntree

This annotated bibliography is a significant contribution to the field of psychoanalysis and will serve as a valuable reference for analytic educators, students, clinicians, and researchers as well as scholars from other fields. The book developed out of discussions in the early 1980's at the Workshop on Issues for Women in Psychoanalytic Training sponsored by the American Psychoanalytic Association's Committee on Psychoanalytic Education (COPE). There the widespread lack of attention in analytic curricula to issues specifically related to female development was noted, and members of the workshop agreed to compile and annotate a list of books and articles about female psychology, starting with Freud and his contemporaries and extending to modern times. As the project expanded, the idea of the book took form and was further developed by the editors Eleanor Schuker and Nadine Levinson, with contributions from 86 psychoanalysts. Over 2000 articles and books are included. The book is divided into four major sections: Part I, Historical Views; Part II, Developmental Perspectives; Part III, Female Sexuality, Character and Psychopathology; and Part IV, Clinical Concepts. Within these sections a wide range of subjects are covered from all stages of female development, including midlife, menopause, and aging. Considerable diligent effort obviously went into such a comprehensive compilation and review of the many topics included here. All psychoanalytic perspectives are represented, as well as relevant articles from some related fields. In each chapter the annotations are in chronological order, and the papers that relate to more than one area are cross-referenced. The descriptions of the books and articles are uniformly good and in many cases excellent. In addition, there is a fifth section with a reading list of academic and feminist writings, and four suggested courses with readings which would be appropriate for analytic candidates or other clinicians, as well as one designed for undergraduates.

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