Deconstructing the Feminine: Subjectivities in Transition

Author(s) : Leticia Glocer Fiorini

Deconstructing the Feminine: Subjectivities in Transition

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : March 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 162
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  • Catalogue No : 97621
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032588940
  • ISBN 10 : 1032588942
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Deconstructing the Feminine looks beyond impasses of binary thought and essentialist conceptions of women and the feminine from a contemporary perspective.

With a multi-centred and complex approach and an ongoing dialogue with Freud, Leticia Glocer Fiorini addresses questions relating to love, sexual desire, maternity, beauty, and the passing of time by reconsidering the gender binary and underlying power relations. Glocer Fiorini’s work highlights current debates concerning women, the feminine, and sexual difference, as well as discussing topics which have caused controversy throughout the history of the psychoanalytic movement. The updated and expanded edition distinguishes between the concept of sexual difference and the category of ‘difference’ as it applies at various heterogenous levels, and includes new approaches reflecting on the ‘feminine enigma’, hysteria, feminine masochism, and masculinity.

Deconstructing the Feminine will be of great interest to psychoanalysts in clinical practice and in training, as well as to scholars of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies.

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I strongly recommend Deconstructing the Feminine to all readers interested in psychoanalytic studies, gender studies, interdisciplinary perspectives, human cycle development and to therapists who deal, in their practice, with both women and men, their multiple itineraries of desire, gender questions and their interactions.
Cláudio Laks Eizirik, Former President of the IPA

This expanded and updated second edition of Leticia Glocer Fiorini's book is very timely. It revisits the notion of the feminine and rethinks her proposals from the first edition, in the context of the changes that occurr in current subjectivities. It focuses on the questioning of binarisms and on gender migrations, gender violence, changes in family configurations, and the impact of technology. This important contribution sheds light on the feminine from a psychoanalytic perspective on singular and collective practices. It makes its reading not only recommendable but also essential in our times.
Virginia Ungar, Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association, IPA Past President

Table of Contents

Foreword by Abel Mario Fainstein
Prologue to the Second Edition

1. Why the feminine?
2. The feminine position: a heterogeneous construction
3. The feminine, the pre-discourse and the symbolic
4. At the limits of the feminine: the Other
5. The feminine in the middle stages of life: the efficacy of an imaginary
6. Love and power: the conditions of love in the Freudian discourse
7. Itineraries of love life
8. Maternity and female sexuality in light of new reproductive techniques
9. Femininity and desire
10. Towards a deconstruction of femininity as a universal category
11. Between sex and gender: the paradigm of complexity
12. Otherness, diversity, and sexual difference
13. Difference(s): new constructions

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About the Author(s)

Leticia Glocer Fiorini is a training psychoanalyst of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association. She is the author of The Feminine and the Complex Thought, Deconstructing the Feminine: Psychoanalysis, Gender and Theories of Complexity, and editor of The Other in the Intersubjective Field and Time, History and Structure. A Psychoanalytical Approach. Among other contributions in psychoanalytic journals she has published 'The enigma of the sexual difference', in Feminine Scenarios""; 'Assisted fertilization, new problems' in Prevention in Mental Health; 'The sexed body and the real, its meaning in transsexualism' in Masculine Scenarios; 'Psychoanalysis and Gender, Convergences and Divergences' in Psychoanalysis and Gender Relations; and 'The bodies of present-day maternity' in Motherhood in the Twenty-first Century.

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