Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To use the Information icon…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

The Information icon (an i in a circle) will give you valuable information about PEP Web data and features. You can find it besides a PEP Web feature and the author’s name in every journal article. Simply move the mouse pointer over the icon and click on it for the information to appear.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Birksted-Breen, D. (1983). Feminine Sexuality. Jacques Lacan and the École Freudienne: Edited by Juliet Mitchell and Jacqueline Rose. London: Macmillan. 1982. Pp. 187.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 64:490-493.

(1983). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 64:490-493

Feminine Sexuality. Jacques Lacan and the École Freudienne: Edited by Juliet Mitchell and Jacqueline Rose. London: Macmillan. 1982. Pp. 187.

Review by:
Dana Birksted-Breen

This will be a welcome book for those who have wondered why Lacan's work has been of such interest within feminist-intellectual circles. Here, for the first time, his writings relevant specifically to feminine sexuality have been collected and most texts are original translations.

This does not mean that the papers will be easy to understand for those not already versed in Lacan's work, in spite of the editors' notes. Indeed Lacan's writings are obscure if not incomprehensible to the novice, increasingly so with the more recent papers which rely more and more on cross-references, double entendre, play on words, sarcasm. His style is self-consciously elusive and allusive in an attempt to reproduce the quality of the unconscious, as did the surrealists in their work, a movement with which Lacan was closely associated in the '30s.

'Feminine Sexuality' is made up of a substantial introduction by each of the two editors, Juliet Mitchell and Jacqueline Rose (taking up in all one third of the book) and of seven papers published between 1952 and 1975 by Lacan or by members of his school. In addition each text is introduced and situated.

The editors describe their aim as a wish to show the importance of Lacan for psychoanalysis and of psychoanalysis for feminism.

Juliet Mitchell in her introduction situates the work from within psychoanalysis. She traces the main points of the debate around feminine sexuality and suggests that the terms of the debate can be seen in a contradiction within Freud's own early writings: the idea of a natural heterosexual attraction on the one hand and the notion that the sexual drive has no natural object or fixed aim on the other.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.