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Monniello, G. (2016). Psicoanaliste. Il piacere di pensare [Women Psychoanalysts: The Pleasure of Thinking] edited by Patrizia Cupelloni FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2012; 314 pp; €38.00. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97(4):1203-1209.

(2016). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 97(4):1203-1209

Psicoanaliste. Il piacere di pensare [Women Psychoanalysts: The Pleasure of Thinking] edited by Patrizia Cupelloni FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2012; 314 pp; €38.00

Review by:
Gianluigi Monniello

“… roots: the most important and most misunderstood need of the human soul.”

(Simone Weil)

This sentence, the epigraph to Psicoanaliste. Il piacere di pensare edited by Patrizia Cupelloni, sums up the authors' strong conviction about the indispensable value of the roots, preconscious and unconscious, of psychoanalytic culture. It also suggests the feminine quality of their stylistic imprint and hence their “desire to appraise and disseminate the theoretical and clinical contribution of various women psychoanalysts who have earned full rights to a place in the history of psychoanalysis” (p. 11).

For a long time, following Jones's monumental Life and Work of Sigmund Freud (1953), the biographers of psychoanalysts considered only the founding father (Ricoeur, 1965; Mannoni, 1968; Gay, 1988). However, in recent years

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