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The Riddle of Freud: Jewish Influences on His Theory of Female Sexuality Estelle Roith

The Riddle of Freud: Jewish Influences on His Theory of Female Sexuality

Estelle Roith

Published August 12th 2005
ISBN : 9781134609734
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208 pages
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In The Riddle of Freud Estelle Roith argues that certain important elements of Judaic culture were so integral a part of Freuds personality that they became visible in his work and especially in his attitudes to and theories of femininity. FreudsMoreIn The Riddle of Freud Estelle Roith argues that certain important elements of Judaic culture were so integral a part of Freuds personality that they became visible in his work and especially in his attitudes to and theories of femininity. Freuds formulation of femininity, which the author contends is mistaken, is seen not as a simple error but as resulting from a complex bias in which personal and social factors are interrelated. The author proposes that the considerable ambivalence experienced by Freud about his sexual, cultural, and social identity, in which both overt and covert aspects of his Jewish culture survived, could not be surmounted by him in the case of women.Estelle Roith describes Freuds theory of femininity and its implications for psychoanalytic theories of human development and motivation in general. She examines Freuds relationships with his women disciples and also the social and political conditions that obtained for Jews of Freuds time. Finally, her book helps illuminate the reasons for Freuds emphasis on the paternal power within the Oedipus complex. It is essential reading for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, for students of womens issues, and all those interested in Freuds impact on contemporary Western thought.