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Sexual Subjects

Lesbians, Gender and Psychoanalysis, 1st Edition

By Adria E. Schwartz

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200 pages

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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.

Reviews

"Sexual Subjects weaves the diverse strands of theory currently grappling with sex and gender--relational psychoanalysis, feminism and queer theory, postmodernism--into a highly readable and lucid account of lesbian sexuality. To this well-spun web of theory Schwartz adds the fine-tuned wisdom of the clinician deeply immersed in the subtle issues of contemporary psychoanalytic practice. Schwartz's intelligence will speak to analysts and readers of theory alike." -- Jessica Benjamin, author of The Bonds of Love, Like Subjects, Love Objects, and Shadow of the Other.

"Sexual Subjects weaves the diverse strands of theory currently grappling with sex and gender--relational psychoanalysis, feminism and queer theory, postmodernism--into a highly readable and lucid account of lesbian sexuality. To this well-spun web of theory Schwartz adds the fine-tuned wisdom of the clinician deeply immersed in the subtle issues of contemporary psychoanalytic practice. Schwartz's intelligence will speak to analysts and readers of theory alike." -- Jessica Benjamin, author of The Bonds of Love, Like Subjects, Love Objects, and Shadow of the Other.

Table of Contents

Resistance

A Lesbian Is . . .A Lesbian is Not

It's a Queer Universe . . . Some Notes Erotic and Otherwise

The Gendered Self . . . A Question of Subjectivities

Generativity Redux

Deconstructing and Reconstructing Motherhood

Coming Out / Being Heard

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC012000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies
SOC017000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Lesbian Studies