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Does the Woman Exist? From Freud's Hysteria to Lacan's Feminine

Paul Verhaeghe; Marc du Ry (trans.)

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ISBN 10: 1892746158 / ISBN 13: 9781892746153
Published by Rebus Press, London, 1997
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Softcover. c.1997. 8vo. 284pp. Near Fine. Light general shelfwear. Bookseller Inventory # C000025840

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Title: Does the Woman Exist? From Freud's Hysteria ...

Publisher: Rebus Press, London

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

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This book describes how Freud attempted to chart hysteria, yet came to a standstill at the problem of woman and her desire, and of how Lacan continued along this road by creating new conceptual tools. The difficulties and upsets encountered by both men are examined.

This lucid presentation of the dialectical process that carries Lacan through the evolution of Freud’s thought offers profound insights into the place of the “feminine mystique” in our social fabric. Patiently and carefully, Verhaeghe applies the Lacanian grid to Freud’s text and succeeds in explaining Lacan’s formulations without merely recapitulating his theories. The reader is informed, along the way, not only of Lacan’s take on Freudian ideas, but also of the array of interpretations emerging from other trends in post-Freudian literature, including feminist revisionism.

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Paul Verhaeghe

Paul Verhaeghe is senior professor at the University of Ghent (Belgium) and head of the Department for Psychoanalysis and Counseling Psychology. He teaches clinical psychodiagnostics and psychoanalytic psychotherapy and works as a psychoanalyst in private practice as well. He is the author of Does the Woman Exist? (1999) and On Being Normal and Other Disorders (2004), which won the Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship, all available from Other Press.

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