Freud's Women - Lisa Appingnanesi and John Forrester
No modern writer has affected our views on women as powerfully as Sigmund Freud. And none has been so virulently attacked for both his theories of femininity and for his alleged elevation of personal prejudice to universal pronouncement.
Freud's Women examines that bold collaboration with his female patients which made psychoanalysis as much their creation as the young Viennese doctor's. It explores Freud's family life, his relations with daughter Anna, his 'Antigone', and his friendships with his followers. From the writer and turn-of-the-century femme fatale, Lou Andreas-Salomé, to the socialist feminist, Helene Deutsch, early theorist of femininity, to Princess Marie Bonaparte, who moved from the couch to royal court with amazing facility and became head of the French psychoanalytic movement, Freud's women friends and pupils were extraordinary.
Telling the many stories of Freud's women, this groundbreaking book is a powerful exploration of the impact of women on the development of Freud's ideas and a fascinating analysis of the legacy of these ideas in contemporary feminism.
"This wonderful book is a tale of the great twentieth-century love affair with Freudian thought. It is an overblown historical romance that has at its centre the riddle of femininity itself" - Suzanne Moore, The Guardian