Drawing on the work of Foucault and Western confessional writings, this book challenges the transhistorical and commonsense views of confession as an innate impulse resulting in the psychological liberation of the confessing subject. Instead, confessional desire is argued to be contingent and constraining, and alternatives to confessional subjectivity are explored.
List of Figures
Chapter One: Confession from Antiquity to the Counter-Reformation
Chapter Two: Confession and Modern Subjectivity
Chapter Three: Psychoanalysis
Chapter Four: Confessing the Other
Chapter Five: Alternatives to Confession