Clinical Encounters in Sexuality makes an intervention into the fields of clinical psychoanalysis and sexuality studies, in an effort to think about a range of issues relating to sexuality from a clinical psychoanalytic perspective. This book concentrates on a number of concepts, namely identity, desire, pleasure, perversion, ethics and discourse. The editors, Noreen Giffney and Eve Watson, have chosen queer theory, a sub-field of sexuality studies, as an interlocutor for the clinical contributors, because it is at the forefront of theoretical considerations of sexuality, as well as being both reliant upon and suspicious of psychoanalysis as a clinical practice and discourse. The book brings together a number of psychoanalytic schools of thought and clinical approaches, which are sometimes at odds with one another and thus tend not to engage in dialogue about divisive theoretical concepts and matters of clinical technique. Traditions represented here include: Freudian, Kleinian, Independent, Lacanian, Jungian, and Relational. The volume also stages, for the first time, a sustained clinical psychoanalytic engagement with queer theory. By virtue of its editorial design, this book aims to foster a self-reflective attitude in clinical readers about sexuality which historically has tended toward reification. The central questions we present to readers to think about are:
- What are the discourses of sexuality underpinning psychoanalysis, and how do they impact on clinical practice?
- In what ways does sexuality get played out for, and between, the psychoanalytic practitioner and the patient?
- How do social, cultural and historical attitudes towards sexuality impact on the transference and countertransference, consciously and unconsciously?
- Why is sexuality so prone to reification?
Divided into three sections, Clinical Encounters in Sexuality begins with six chapters on important themes in queer theory: identity, desire, perversion, pleasure, discourse and ethics. Section two includes fourteen responses to the chapters in section one by practising psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists from a number of traditions. They work with adults and/or children and adolescents. Section three features seven short commentaries on the nature of the encounters enacted by the book, by leading thinkers whose own clinical practice and/or theoretical work engages directly with both discourses: psychoanalytic and queer. The book is edited by two psychoanalytic practitioners — one Kleinian, one Freudian-Lacanian — who also have research expertise in sexuality studies. All pieces are new and have been commissioned.
TABLE OF CONTENTS //
Introduction: Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory, by Noreen Giffney
SECTION 1: QUEER THEORIES /
Chapter 1 [Identity]: Precarious Sexualities: Queer Challenges to Psychoanalytic and Social Identity Categorisation, by Alice Kuzniar — Chapter 2 [Desire]: Are We Missing Something? Queer Desire, by Lara Farina — Chapter 3 [Pleasure]: Jouissance: The Gash of Bliss, by Kathryn Bond Stockton — Chapter 4 [Perversion]: Perversion and the Problem of Fluidity and Fixity, by Lisa Downing — Chapter 5 [Ethics]: Out of Line, On Hold: D.W. Winnicott’s Queer Sensibilities, by Michael D. Snediker — Chapter 6 [Discourse]: Discourse and the History of Sexuality, by Will Stockton
SECTION 2: PSYCHOANALYTIC RESPONSES /
Chapter 7: On Not Thinking Straight: Comments on a Conceptual Marriage, by R.D. Hinshelwood — Chapter 8: Queer as a New Shelter from Castration, by Abe Geldhof and Paul Verhaeghe — Chapter 9: The Redress of Psychoanalysis, by Ann Murphy — Chapter 10: Queer Directions from Lacan, by Ian Parker — Chapter 11: Queer Theory Meets Jung, by Claudette Kulkarni — Chapter 12: Queer Troubles for Psychoanalysis, by Carol Owens — Chapter 13: Clinique, by Aranye Fradenburg — Chapter 14: From Tragic Fall to Programmatic Blueprint: ‘Behold this is Oedipus …’ by Olga Cox Cameron — Chapter 15: Enigmatic Sexuality, by Katrine Zeuthen and Judy Gammelgaard — Chapter 16: The Transforming Nexus: Psychoanalysis, Social Theory and Queer Childhood, by Ken Corbett — Chapter 17: Clinical Encounters: The Queer New Times, by Rob Weatherill — Chapter 18: Undoing Psychoanalysis: Towards a Clinical and Conceptual Metistopia, by Dany Nobus — Chapter 19: ‘You make me feel like a natural woman’: Thoughts on a Case of Transsexual Identity Formation and Queer Theory, by Ami Kaplan — Chapter 20: Sexual Difference: From Symptom to Sinthome, by Patricia Gherovici
SECTION 3: RESPONSES TO PSYCHOANALYTIC PRACTICES ENCOUNTERING QUEER THEORIES /
Chapter 21: A Plague on Both Your Houses, by Stephen Frosh — Chapter 22: Something Amiss, by Jacqueline Rose — Chapter 23: Taking Shelter from Queer, by Tim Dean — Chapter 24: Courageous Drawings of Vigilant Ambiguities, by Noreen O’Connor — Chapter 25: Understanding Homophobia, by Mark J. Blechner — Chapter 26: Transgender and Psychoanalysis, by Susan Stryker — Chapter 27: The Psychoanalysis that Dare Not Speak Its Name, Ona Nierenberg
ABOUT THE COVER / On the Not-Meanings of Karla Black’s There Can Be No Arguments, by Medb Ruane
AFTERWORD, by Eve Watson
Cover Image // Karla Black, There Can Be No Arguments, 2011 / Polythene, plaster powder, powder paint, thread / 240 x 270 x 59 cm / Photo: Ruth Clark / Courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany