Revisiting Joan Riviere

Lebeau, Vicky (2019) Revisiting Joan Riviere. In: Piotrowska, Agnieszka and Tyrer, Ben (eds.) Femininity and psychoanalysis: cinema, culture, theory. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138500921

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Why revisit Joan Riviere? This chapter explores Riviere’s ‘Womanliness as a Masquerade’ (1929), an essay that enjoys a unique, if uneasy, status in the dialogue between psychoanalysis and feminism: from Ur-text attuned to the relations among sex, gender and identity to one of the most prominent examples of a silence, shared between psychoanalysis and feminism, in the question racism in the formations of self and society. Reading ‘Womanliness as a Masquerade’ alongside Riviere’s less well-known ‘Jealousy as a Mechanism of Defence’ and Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks, this chapter attempts a renewed psychoanalytic reading of Riviere as a thinker who draws out attention to the boundary between dream and culture, unconscious and ideology.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Vicky Lebeau
Date Deposited: 14 May 2019 09:41
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2020 15:46

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