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Psychoanalysis, Historiography, and Feminist Theory

Psychoanalysis, Historiography, and Feminist Theory
The Search for Critical Method


Part of Literature, Culture, Theory

  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521587549

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  • In this book Katherine Kearns explores the feminist, theoretical, and psychoanalytic implications inherent in the relationship between history and narrative. She poses a feminist challenge to the hidden assumptions within conventional historiography by focusing on the troubled relationship between subjectivity and history. By applying Freud's theories of how adult authority is forged, especially his notion of the Oedipus Complex, Kearns considers the anti-feminist, anti-individualist implications of any fully oedipalised discourse. While recognising the principle that history always occurs within a shared social context, Kearns explores the disguised positivisms that remain embedded within conventional historiographic procedures, and reveals their implications for feminist discourse. The study of history, she argues, whether literary, political or social, must take us beyond traditionally defined historical contexts to include individual psychological moments and states in which thought and action occur.

    • Combines psychoanalysis with feminist theory to offer new way of conceiving of historical narratives
    • Strong endorsement from Dominick LaCapra, leading critic in this area
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    'Kearns's book should be studied by all historians, social scientists and those working in the humanities. It is consistently illuminating on the role history and narrative play in historiography and critical theory. It conveys its thought-provoking analysis in a prose of sustained wit and vivacity that will induce even those who criticise its conclusions to enjoy reading its argument.' Dominick LaCapra

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521587549
    • length: 183 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.235kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Oedipal pedagogy: becoming a woman
    2. Strange Angels: negation and performativity
    3. Daddy: notes upon an autobiographical account of paranoia
    4. Telling stories: historiography and narrative

  • Author

    Katherine Kearns, Yale University, Connecticut

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