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FREUD'S WOMEN probes biography and case history, mines dreams, correspondence and journals, and examines theory to chart Freud's views on the feminine. It also tells the many stories of the women in Freud's life and explores their influences on him and his on them. From dutiful daughter Anna, the novelist and femme fatale Lou Salome, aristocrat and intellectual Marie Bonaparte to the earliest patients who provided the cornerstones to his theories: all emerge vividly from the pages of this important study.

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First published in 1992, Freud's Women quickly established itself as an invaluable study of the women who peopled Freud's world--women who, as relatives and friends, patients and disciples, helped him to found the new discipline of psychoanalysis. Lisa Appignanesi and John Forrester tell a fascinating and complicated story with great flair: Freud's Women is as scholarly as it is readable, moving between biography and theory to chart the intellectual history of psychoanalysis.

As the authors point out at the beginning of this study, when it comes to the "woman question", history has often taken the form of a trial (of Freud, of psychoanalysis). This revised edition of the book stays with the four key themes used to organise the authors' discussion ("The Freud Family Romance", "Inventing Psychoanalysis", "A Woman's Profession", "The Question of Femininity"), concluding with a new "Summing Up" which takes up the recent "assaults" on Freud launched by, amongst others, Frederick Crews and Peter Swales. In the wake of the so-called "Memory Wars"--wars which reopened discussion about the origins of psychoanalysis at the same time as questioning Freud's views on the "reality" of child sexual abuse--the culture of psychoanalysis, its claims to individuality and privacy, have been increasingly under attack.

Against the commonplace that psychoanalysis--as both theory of mind and therapeutic practice--is "in crisis", Appignanesi and Forrester offer a balanced and intelligent account of the vicissitudes of Freud's theory of femininity and the different ways in which "his women"--from 'Dora' to Joan Riviere, from Lou Andreas-Salome to Helene Deutsch--have worked with, and against, that theory to support the insights of a remarkable discipline.--Vicky Lebeau

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A groundbreaking book which explores the impact of women on the development of Freud's ideas.

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