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Virginia Woolf and the Fictions of Psychoanalysis

"A stunning, brilliant, absolutely compelling reading of Woolf through the lens of Kleinian and Freudian psychoanalytic debates about the primacy of maternality and paternality in the construction of consciousness, gender, politics, and the past, and of psychoanalysis through the lens of Woolf’s novels and essays. In addition to transforming our understanding of Woolf, this book radically expands our understanding of the historicity and contingent construction of psychoanalytic theory and our vision of the potential of psychoanalytic feminism."—Nancy J. Chodorow, University of California at Berkeley

"Virginia Woolf and the Fictions of Psychoanalysis brings Woolf’s extraordinary craftsmanship back into view; the book combines powerful claims about sexual politics and intellectual history with the sort of meticulous, imaginative close reading that leaves us, simply, seeing much more in Woolf’s words than we did before. It is the most exciting book on Woolf to come along in some time."—Lisa Ruddick, Modern Philology

200 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1989

Women in Culture and Society

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword
Acknowledgments
Preface
1. (En)gendering History
2. Between the Acts of Mrs. Dalloway
3. To the Lighthouse: James and Cam
4. Spatial Relations: Lily Briscoe’s Painting
5. The Poetics of Hunger, the Politics of Desire: Woolf’s Discursive Texts
6. The Lady Vanishes: Maternal Absence and Freudian Narratives in Between the Acts
Notes
Index

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