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Jacques Lacan: A Feminist Introduction

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Grosz gives a critical overview of Lacan's work from a feminist perspective. Discussing previous attempts to give a feminist reading of his work, she argues for women's autonomy based on an "indifference" to the Lacanian phallus.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published August 2nd 1990 by Routledge (first published January 1st 1990)
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Tom Syverson
Apr 17, 2015 Tom Syverson rated it it was amazing
This is really one of the best books on Jacques Lacan I have ever read, if not the best --and I have read several (including two by Bruce Fink and two by Slavoj Zizek). Grosz does a fantastic job placing all of Lacan's major ideas into their properly Freudian context, and for me shed significant new light on the most important of them. In particular, she completely changed the way I look at such fundamental concepts as the Mirror Stage, the relationship between signification and the unconscious, ...more
Adrian Colesberry
Apr 11, 2009 Adrian Colesberry rated it really liked it
Lacan is supposed to be too difficult to slog through, so I was directed by a woman in a tango class I briefly attended to read Elizabeth Grosz's book. It's still difficult, but rewarding. The part on sexuality has the best explanation of the oedipal complex I've ever read. Not apologetic, like some defenses of Freud, not dismissive, like others. A very balanced, reasonable analysis of Freud's position and Lacan's enhancements of that position.
Alan Keep
Oct 31, 2012 Alan Keep rated it really liked it
It's pretty good, definitely less Kristeva-friendly than Toril Moi, but if you are not okay with psychoanalysis/the theory of phallus as being anything other than patriarchal stuff, you probably don't need this intro and can go right on into Iriragary or other folks
Jan 03, 2011 Ellie rated it it was amazing
She's really good, interesting - and just about as difficult as Lacan. But always challenging.
An "accessible", yet remarkable, introduction to Lacan's analysis of the "genesis of subjectivity" -- or better, of male subjectivity, since, as Grosz and virtually any competent, critical reader of Lacan have/would readily observed/observe, women's subjective formation has been poorly elaborated (and, therefore, obscured) in psychoanalytic (both, Freudian and Lacanian) theory. As for the feminist element per se, I felt like, in the end, Grosz fell short in offering us a proper articulation of h ...more
Apr 21, 2015 Shawn rated it really liked it
A pretty clear, even-handed approach to a notoriously convoluted body of work. Basic familiarity with Freud, if not Lacan, is not assumed, though some of the more productive passages in this book would be lost on readers who don't have some prior reading of those authors. Worth reading for the discussion of Kristeva's and Irigaray's divergent readings of Lacan.
Jun 07, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to me by my professor during our class's discussion of Lacanian psychoanalysis and since I found his ideas both intriguing and confusing I decided to give this book a try. Though it is not the easiest read, I thought the author did an excellent job of providing a thorough and fair overview of Lacan's ideas. This exploration takes up most of the book, with the section detailing some feminist interpretation and criticism of his work coming at the end. This chapter details ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Öznur rated it really liked it
A very well written, profound introduction detaching itself successfully from the superficiality of the majority of introductory endeavors.
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Elizabeth Grosz is a professor at Duke University. She has written on French philosophers, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Luce Irigaray and Gilles Deleuze.

Grosz was awarded a Ph.D. from the Department of General Philosophy at the University of Sydney, where she became a lecturer and senior lecturer from 1978 to 1991. In 1992, she moved to Monash University to the department of co
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