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Número: (116) III
Año: 1993

14. Elizabeth WRIGHT, ed. Feminism and Psychoanalysis. A Critical Dictionary. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1992. 485 p., introduction, dictionary entries A-Z, bibliography, index.

Now that the initial sensationalism of the feminine liberation movements of the 1960s in the United States and Britain has been overcome, research on the socio-educational, cultural and political dimensions of women has definitely entered a stage of academic thought and consolidation. This book is a serious and positive contribution to the relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis. This is not a dictionary in the conventional sense of the term since it defines terms and then explores them, giving a historical and political context and relating them with distinct dimensions of society and culture. The publishers, in terms of procedures, requested entries from several scholars at the international level in both fields covered by the book. These contributions do not only document the history of the concepts and their interrelations, but also the controversy around them, their political importance for feminism, and the progress made in research on the subject by theoreticians or users. The dictionary was planned in such a way that each definition covers three dimensions to accurately present the impact of the relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis. The first dimension is historical; the historical concept, debates, controversies, and implications of the term are presented. The dictionary’s second dimension is psychoanalytic, and is centered primarily on the visions of Freud to Lacan. The third dimension is political, and is geared toward the reuse of each word in psychoanalytic theory and practice to facilitate social change. In addition, the authors of each of the entries included a select and updated bibliography for each topic. Feminism and Psychoanalysis: A Critical Dictionary is one of the most important contemporary contributions published in recent years, evidencing a bright and careful conception by the book publishers, impeccable research by the authors of each one of its entries, and an essential instrument for every researcher or teacher in the field of feminism and psychoanalysis.

Patricia Schraer