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Mitchell, J. (1987). Creativity and Perversion: By Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel. London: Free Association Books. 1985. Pp. 172.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 68:131-133.

(1987). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 68:131-133

Creativity and Perversion: By Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel. London: Free Association Books. 1985. Pp. 172.

Review by:
Juliet Mitchell

'Homo sum; humani nil a me alienum puto'; Terence's words are at the centre of psychoanalysis as a humanist endeavour. Chasseguet-Smirgel's Freud Memorial Lectures, re-presented and published as Creativity and Perversion, are in this tradition. She is concerned, caring, respectful of human differences. Her opening paragraph is a clarion call to tolerate and admire human struggles whatever their form:

Man has always endeavoured to go beyond the narrow limits of his condition. I consider that perversion is one of the essential ways and means he applies in order to push forward the frontiers of what is possible and to unsettle reality (p. 1).


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