Sigmund Freud's ideas permeate our everyday thinking about life, love, gender, the family, and the relation between the sexes. These ideas took on their 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 examines biography, case history, dreams, correspondence, journals, and theory to chart Freud's views on femininity. It also tells the many stories 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 Salomete 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.
About Lisa Appignanesi
Lisa Appignanesi is a novelist and writer. Her fiction includes Paris Requiem, Sanctuary, The Dead of Winter, and The Things We Do for Love, among other novels. She is also the author of Losing the Dead: A Family Memoir, a biographical portrait of Simone de Beauvoir, and Cabaret.
“A marvelously rich and engrossing work of intellectual history, deftly composed.” - Richard Wollheim, The New York Times Book Review
“An ambitious history of Freud’s relationships with women--a lucid, sympathetic account.” -Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year
“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