Reading Women's Writing in and through Psychoanalysis; 11-15-09

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Women Writers (Special Issue)

Women Writers seeks scholarly essays for a Special Issue on any aspect of women's writing and its relation to psychoanalysis. Given the significance of the symbiotic relation between feminist theory and psychoanalysis, the issue editors are interested in considering the ways in which women's/feminist writing is implicated, to borrow a term from Shoshana Felman, in psychoanalysis while we conversely explore how psychoanalysis is elemental to an understanding of several issues that are central to an analysis of women's writing. We are, in other words, interested in essays that consider the way that women's writing has contributed to the development of psychoanalysis and are also interested in essays that explore women's writing from a psychoanalytic perspective. We also welcome essays that specifically theorize the relation between feminism and psychoanalysis.

We encourage submission of papers on a variety of topics. The following list suggests some possibilities and is in no way meant to be exhaustive:

The historical significance of women in psychoanalysis
Psychoanalytic critique of patriarchy
Luce Irigaray
Julia Kristeva
Psychoanalysis and Feminism
Freud's "what does a woman want?"
Dora and Anna O.
Lacan's "woman does not exist"
Trauma and Femininity
Hysteria and Femininity
Lacan's 20th Seminar on Feminine Sexuality
Écriture Féminine
Femininity as Masquerade (Joan Riviere)
The Other Jouissance
Feminine Desire
Women's Autobiography and Psychoanalysis
Ethnicity, Gender and Psychoanalysis
Literary depictions of sexual difference
Psychoanalytic analyses of women's writing

Completed essays should be submitted in MLA parenthetical style with Works Cited page, in MS Word (.doc or .rtf). Graphics or illustrations should be copyright free and/or copyright should be held by submitter. Please send completed submissions and curriculum vitae to both Ed Cameron ( and Linda Belau ( before November 15, 2009.

The special issue will be published in the January 2010 online, peer-reviewed journal Women Writers, available at . The journal is in its eleventh year of continuous bi-annual publication.