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Schwartz, A.E. (1997). Disorienting Sexuality: A Commentary. Gender and Psychoanalysis, 2(2):191-201.

(1997). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 2(2):191-201

Disorienting Sexuality: A Commentary Related Papers

Adria E. Schwartz, Ph.D.

In 1895 Freud attempted his Project for a Scientific Psychology. His intention was to represent psychical processes quantitatively as an expression of their specific physiological analogs, but the project was a failure and he abandoned it. A century later, traveling the road not taken, Domenici and Lesser formulate their much more successful project, which they define as an attempt to contest and revitalize the psychoanalytic theory of sexuality by focusing on its essentialist assumptions and bias.

In Disorienting Sexuality, Domenici and Lesser have assembled a unique collection of papers which, in sum, question the hegemony of heterosexuality in the construction of gender-sexuality within the culture and its representatives in psychoanalysis.

This body of work follows in the path of a slow but steady revolution that has been brewing in the psychoanalytic world, focusing on the ways in which we analyze and conceptualize gender (Butler, 1990; Dimen, 1991; Goldner, 1991; Harris, 1991; Benjamin, 1995; Bassin, 1996).

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