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"The Mermaid and the Minotaur is the most important work of feminist psychoanalytic exploration thus far. Its re-publication is a celebratory occasion, similar to the kind of intellectual exhilaration that greeted its original publication. It is no longer possible to address the questions of the relationship of women and men, of male dominance, and of infantile rage and its consequences for our "normal psycho-pathological gender arrangements" without reference to Dinnerstein's work. The book is disturbing—almost frightening—in certain parts of its analysis. Truly facing and understanding its message, however, is an act of liberation."
—Eli Sagan, author of Freud, Women and Morality: The Psychology of Good and Evil
"To the very largest degree this book is exciting and valuable and belongs in every prominent library of feminist thought. Dinnerstein writes beautifully, often eloquently, and she argues brilliantly. Her intelligence is poetic, and her imagination is informed by a respect for systematic thought. These elements of mind and heart combined have created a stirring view of the common psychic life of men and women and its relation to the whole of organized human history." —Vivian Gornick, New York Times Book Review
"Dinnerstein is one of the first feminist theorists to challenge the ideology underlying the female monopoly of childcare. The Mermaid and the Minotaur, a seminal text in the women's movement, brilliantly integrates feminist theory with Kleinian psychoanalytic theory...an amazing conjunction that remains relevant today."
–Ethel S. Person, author of The Sexual Century
"The poignant clarity that Dinnerstein brought to her now classic analysis of gender relations decisively influenced the consciousness of a revolutionary generation. It continues to astonish us with the depth and wisdom of its psychoanalytic approach even as its major ideas have become as unobtrusively essential to psychoanalytic feminism as the atmosphere. The Mermaid and the Minotaur succeeded in reinventing the promise of Civilization and Its Discontents showing how psychoanalysis can speak to the unhappiness of our social arrangements in a truly radical way"
–Jessica Benjamin, author of The Bonds of Love; Love Subjects, Love Objects; and Shadow of the Other