Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning

Author: Oren Gozlan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317629078
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning: A Lacanian approach presents a startling new way to consider psychoanalytic dilemmas of sexual difference and gender through the meeting of arts and the clinic. Informed by a Lacanian perspective that locates transsexuality in the intermediate space between the clinic and culture, Oren Gozlan joins current conversations around the question of sexual difference with the insistence that identity never fully expresses sexuality and, as such, cannot be replaced by gender. The book goes beyond the idea of gender as an experience that gives rise to multiple identities and instead considers identity as split from the outset. This view transforms transsexuality into a particular psychic position, able to encounter the paradoxes of transitional experience and the valence of phantasy and affect that accompany aesthetic conflicts over the nature of beauty and being. Gozlan brings readers into the enigmatic qualities of representation as desire for completion and transformation through notions of tension, difference and aesthetics through examining the artwork of Anish Kapoor and Louise Bourgeois and the role played by confusion in the aesthetics of transformation in literature and memoir. Each chapter of the book presents a productive take on understanding the psychoanalytic demand to sustain and consider the dilemma that the unconscious presents to the knowledge and recognition of gender. Fundamentally, this work understands transsexuality as a creative act, rich with desire and danger, in which thinking of the transsexual body as both an analytic and a subjective object helps us to reveal the creativity of sexuality. Ideal for psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers as well as students of psychoanalysis, cultural studies, literature studies and philosophy, Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning offers a unique insight into psychoanalytic approaches to transsexuality and the question of assuming a position in gender.

Current Critical Debates in the Field of Transsexual Studies

Author: Oren Gozlan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351058975
Format: PDF, ePub
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Current Critical Debates in the Field of Transsexual Studies introduces new thinking on non-conforming gender representation, addressing transsexuality as a subjective experience that highlights universal dilemmas related to how we conceive identity and exploring universal questions related to gender: its objects, objections, and obstacles. This book seeks to disassemble prejudicial orientations to the challenges and the everydayness of transsexuality and build new understanding and responses to issues including: medical biases, the problem of authenticity, and the agency of the child. Oren Gozlen leads an examination of three central pressures: transformation of a medical model, the social experience of becoming transgender, and the question of self-representation through popular culture. The chapters reframe several contemporary dilemmas, such as: authenticity, pathology, normativity, creativity, the place of the clinic as a problem of authority, the unpredictability of sexuality, the struggle with limits of knowledge, a demand for intelligibility and desire for certainty. The contributors consider sociocultural, theoretical, therapeutic, and legal approaches to transsexuality that reveal its inherent instability and fluidity both as concept and as experience. They place transsexuality in tension and transition as a concept, as a subject position, and as a subjectivity. The book also reflects the way in which political and cultural change affects self and other representations of the transsexual person and their others, asking: how does the subject metabolize the anxieties that relate to these transformations and facilitations? How can the subject respond in contexts of hostility and prohibition? Offering a much-needed interdisciplinary exploration, Current Critical Debates in the Field of Transsexual Studies will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychotherapist as well as psychologists and scholars of gender studies, cultural studies and sociology.

Transgender Psychoanalysis

Author: Patricia Gherovici
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317594177
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Drawing on the author’s clinical work with gender-variant patients, Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference argues for a depathologizing of the transgender experience, while offering an original analysis of sexual difference. We are living in a "trans" moment that has become the next civil rights frontier. By unfixing our notions of gender, sex, and sexual identity, challenging normativity and essentialisms, trans modalities of embodiment can help reorient psychoanalytic practice. This book addresses sexual identity and sexuality by articulating new ideas on the complex relationship of the body to the psyche, the precariousness of gender, the instability of the male/female opposition, identity construction, uncertainties about sexual choice—in short, the conundrum of sexual difference. Transgender Psychoanalysis features explications of Lacanian psychoanalysis along with considerations on sex and gender in the form of clinical vignettes from Patricia Gherovici's practice as a psychoanalyst. The book engages with popular culture and psychoanalytic literature (including Jacques Lacan’s treatments of two transgender patients), and implements close readings uncovering a new ethics of sexual difference. These explorations have important implications not just for clinicians in psychoanalysis and mental health practitioners but also for transgender theorists and activists, transgender people, and professionals in the trans field. Transgender Psychoanalysis promises to enrich ongoing discourses on gender, sexuality, and identity.

Liebe Sexualit t und Matriarchat Beitr ge zur Geschlechterfrage

Author: Erich Fromm
Publisher: Open Publishing Rights GmbH
ISBN: 3959121288
Format: PDF, Docs
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Der Sammelband "Liebe, Sexualität und Matriarchat" versammelt die wichtigsten Beiträge Erich Fromms zur Genderfrage. Tatsächlich ist Erich Fromm mit seinen Arbeiten zum Mutterrecht und mit seiner Kritik an der Vorherrschaft des Mannes ein wichtiger Vordenker des Feminismus und der Gleichberechtigung der Geschlechter. Fromm interessiert nicht so sehr die Tatsache des anatomischen und biologischen Unterschieds der Geschlechter, auch nicht die überlebenswichtige Funktion der Sexualität, sondern vielmehr die Funktionalisierung der Genderfrage im Laufe der Menschheitsgeschichte. Die sexuelle Anziehungskraft des jeweils anderen Geschlechts hat dabei offensichtlich nur eine sehr begrenzte Bedeutung und konnte den Menschen nicht daran hindern, den Geschlechtsunterschied zur Ausübung von Herrschaft zu benutzen. Den Sozialpsychologen Fromm interessiert dabei vor allem die Frage, wie sich die gesellschaftlich geprägte Genderfrage in der psychischen Strukturbildung (Charakter) widerspiegelt und wie sie die Liebesfähigkeit und die Funktion der Sexualität beeinflusst. Über all dies gibt dieser Sammelband umfassend Auskunft. Aus dem Inhalt - Bachofens Entdeckung des Mutterrechts - Die sozialpsychologische Bedeutung der Mutterrechtstheorie - Die männliche Schöpfung - Robert Briffaults Werk über das Mutterrecht - Die Bedeutung der Mutterrechtstheorie für die Gegenwart - Geschlecht und Charakter - Mann und Frau - Sexualität und Charakter. Psychoanalytische Bemerkungen zum Kinsey-Report - Selbstsucht und Selbstliebe - Die Faszination der Gewalt und die Liebe zum Leben