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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

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