Female Adolescence (Paperback)
Psychoanalytic Reflections on Literature
Yale University Press, 9780300040319, 149pp.
Publication Date: September 10, 1987
"A brilliant and evocative analysis of the transition from girlhood to womanhood, with its longings, its pain, and the pride of growing up. The depiction is rich with the particularities of the experiences of adolescent girls, and provides a welcome contrast to the usual rendering of this period as a variation on male development."—Lila Braine, Chair, Department of Psychology, Barnard College
"Dalsimer’s commentaries prove consistently empathetic, discerning, and convincing. . . . This beautifully writen book renders important service both to psychoanalysis and to literary studies."—Paul Schwaber, Professor of Letters, Wesleyan University
Praise For Female Adolescence: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Literature…
"Freud said that his own views on femininity were ’incomplete and fragmentary,’ and advised us to ’turn to the poets,’ if we wanted to learn more. Katherine Dalsimer has done just that, exploring female adolescence in psychoanalytic theory and in literature--from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Carson McCullers, Muriel Spark, and Anne Frank. She finds that the insights of psychoanalysis enhance our appreciation of the poets, and the intuitions of great literature contribute to our scientific understanding of developmental psychology. Dr. Dalsimer adds her own considerable clinical experience as she effortlessly guides us back and forth between these approaches and enriches our knowledge of such themes as reactions to parental death, crushes and first loves, and the crystallization of a personal identity. This book will be treasured by anyone who has taught or treated an adolescent girl, or read a book about one, or, like Freud and the rest of us, simply wondered at the miracle of transformation of a girl into a woman."--Robert Michels, M.D.