Sexual Subjects: Lesbians, Gender, and Psychoanalysis

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Psychology - 200 pages
Sexual Subjects, a psychoanalytic book informed by gender theory, queer theory and feminism, addresses the tensions inherent in writing about lesbians and sexuality in the postmodern age.

Adria Schwartz masterfully intertwines clinical anecdotes with engaging theoretical questions that examine the construction of important categories of identity--woman, feminist, mother, lesbian, and homo/hetero/bisexual. Schwartz also addresses specific issues which are problematic but nonetheless meaningful to self-identified lesbians such as roles in gender play, lesbian "bed death," and raising non-traditional families. Written from a psychoanalytic and postmodern perspective, this book is a significant contribution to the work done on the conceptualization of lesbian sexuality and identity.
 

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Contents

a lesbian is a lesbian is not
13
its a queer universe some notes erotic and otherwise
41
the gendered self a question of subjectivites
65
generativity redux
85
deconstructing and reconstructing motherhood
121
coming outbeing heard
155
references
177
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Adria E. Schwartz is Supervising Analyst at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and is on the faculties of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Mt. Sinai Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry. She has a private practice in New York City.

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