Psychoanalytic Theory: An Introduction

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Duke University Press, 2002 - Psychology - 196 pages
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Anthony Elliott presents a comprehensive introduction to psychoanalytic theory and its applications in the social sciences and humanities in this new and fully revised second edition of Psychoanalytic Theory. Elliott provides lucid interpretations of key psychoanalytic theorists such as Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Lacan, Deleuze, Kristeva, and Zizek. This revised edition has much new material, including a survey of psychoanalytic approaches to race and postcolonialism from Fanon to Homi Bhabha, as well as a look at the reframing of sexuality studies by such feminist theorists as Judith Butler, Helene Cixous, and Luce Irigaray.

The book follows major themes, highlighting the similarities and differences among influential thinkers and schools of thought. At the same time, Psychoanalytic Theory is structured so that the chapters can be read in any order. Each one includes an introductory overview and summary, as well as biographical and historical material for each theorist discussed. This book is an essential starting point for any exploration of the contribution of psychoanalysis to contemporary theory.

 

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Contents

Divergences in Psychoanalytic
9
From Freud to Lasch
40
Subjects of Desire
99
From Chodorow to Butler
125
Psychoanalysis as Critical Theory
175
Further Reading
184
Index
190
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Anthony Elliott is Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of the West of England, where he is Director of the Centre for Critical Theory. He is the author of numerous books, including The Mourning of John Lennon, Social Theory and Psychoanalysis in Transition: Self and Society from Freud to Kristeva, Subject to Ourselves, and Concepts of the Self. He is the editor of Freud 2000 and coeditor of Psychoanalysis in Contexts.

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