Psychoanalysis and the Portrayal of Desire
A Feminist Critique
This book explores the concept of desire through psychoanalytic theory (in the work of Freud and Lacan), in feminist theory, and in contemporary critical theory and literature. The book examines what the author terms "critical scenes of desire" in literary and artistic examples in order to argue that desire, as a concept, allows for moments of production and transformation. It examines the way we read for desire and argues that the concept of desire can be figured in these readings as progressive and transformative.
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"... Dr. Gorton does not offer her readers another, more 'feminist-friendly,' model of desire, but rather convincingly argues that we as feminists need to change our mode of engagement... An accessible and insightful reading of the intersection between twentieth-century psychoanalytic and feminist theory... " - Professor Esther Wohlgemut, University of Prince Edward Island"