Sigmund Freud is one of the most influential thinkers of the twetieth century. His ideas permeate our everyday thinking about life, love, gender, the family and the relation between the sexes. These ideas took on shape and substance in the same period that `the woman question' became a burning issue. Sometimes championed as a liberator of women, Freud has also been virulently attacked for his theories of the feminine and for elevating his personal prejudices to the height of universal pronouncement.
Freud's Women probes biography and case history, mines dreams, correspondence and journals, and examines theory to chart Freud's views on femininity. It also tells the many storeis of Freud's women and explores their influence on him and his on them: dutiful daughter Anna, who carried on his work; the novelist and turn-of-the-century femme fatale, Lou Salome; Marie Bonaparte, who mixed royalty and perversity with effortless ease and became the head of the French psychoanalytic movement; the early hysterics who were the cornerstone of psychoanalysis - all these and more emerge vividly from the pages of this important study as it assesses Freud's contemporary legacy.
`This wonderful book is the tale of the great twentieth-century love affair with Freudian thought. It is an overblown historical romance that has at its centre the riddle of femininity itself. ' Suzanne Moore, The Guardian
`A marvellously rich and engrossing work of intellectual history, deftly composed.'
Richard Wollheim. The New York Times Book Review
`Intelligent, sophisticated and written with great flair…. Challenges the prejudices of Freudians and feminists alike.' Roy Porter
`An ambitious history of Freud's relationships with women - from dutiful daughter to psychoanalystical disciple, from classic hysteric to feminist critic… a lucid, sympathetic account.'
Elaine Showalter, The Times Literay Supplement Books of the Year.
New, Revised Edition: Penguin Books, 2000, Phoenix, 2005, The Other Press, N.Y. 2001
Original Edition: Weidenfeld Orion, 1992 Basic Books, N,Y., 1992