Title

Which Feminism, Whose Freud?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1992

Publisher

Springer

Abstract

Naomis Goldenberg's Returning Words to Flesh and Jim Jones' Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Religion offer two rich and provocative perspectives on religion, feminism and psychoanalysis. The books share a number of themes and concerns: both offer sophisticated analyses of culture and religion, both move between Freudian psychoanalysis and object-relational psychoanalysis; both address Judaism and Christianity as well as new forms of goddess religion; both offer psychological/religious perspectives on body and transcendence. But while these two books have much in common, their arguments could hardly be more dissimilar. What interests me, and what may lead toward constructive dialogue, are the radical differences between these two projects.