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    A plague on both your houses

    Frosh, Stephen (2017) A plague on both your houses. In: Giffney, N. and Watson, E. (eds.) Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory. New York, U.S.: Punctum. ISBN 9780998531854.

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    Book synopsis: Given the centrality of sexuality to theories of psychoanalysis, it is striking how little it is actually taught in institutes. This unique and creatively organized book seeks to remedy this lack, by creating a layered dialogue between academics writing queer and sexuality theories, practicing clinicians, and psychoanalytic theorists. The chapters pull the reader into an exciting liminal space where cultural, societal, and clinical discourses intermingle, creating embodied experiences of gender, sexualities, and sex. As editors, Giffney and Watson curate an encounter between queer theorists, clinicians and psychoanalytic theorists. But the experience of the encounter includes the reader, who has the invaluable opportunity to be a fly on the wall as these cross-disciplininary conversations unfold chapter by chapter. Reading this book is not a passive experience but one requiring active participation in an examination of the ways cultural discourses of sexuality shape transferences and clinical engagement. Most exciting was the historical register, where established theorists glance back to their own individual romances with psychoanalysis, sharing their initial hopes for the radical potentials of clinical theory and practice to transform our experiences. This radical potential of psychoanalysis is rekindled through the layered dialogues and passionate encounters captured in Clinical Encounters in Sexuality.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Stephen Frosh
    Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 14:34
    Last Modified: 28 Jun 2021 13:00


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