1 According to Teresa Brennan (The Interpretation of the Flesh: Freud and Feminin-
ity [New York: Routledge, 1992], 37), feminist texts of the 1970s and 1980s constitute the
second ‘‘great debate’’ after a relative silence following the first debate of the 1920s and
1930s. Before the second debate, notable publications included Marie Bonaparte, Female
Sexuality, trans. John Rodker (New York: International Universities Press, 1953) (her
collected essays include an overview of the early literature); Hendrik M. Ruitenbeek, ed.,
Psychoanalysis and Female Sexuality (New Haven, Conn.: College and University Press,
1966) (with essays by Jones, Jeanne Lampl-de Groot, J. H. W. van Ophuijsen, Horney,
Deutsch, Riviere, Sandor Lorand, Bonaparte, Clara Thompson, Phyllis Greenacre, A. H.
Maslow, Judd Marmor, and David A. Freedman); and Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel, ed.,
Female Sexuality: New Psychoanalytic Views (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press,
1970) (first published in French in 1964, this collection includes an overview of the early
literature and essays by Chasseguet-Smirgel, Christian David, Béla Grunberger, Cath-
erine Luquet-Parat, Maria Torok, and Joyce McDougall). The second debate, which is
still in progress, got underway with the publication of Juliet Mitchell’s Psychoanalysis
and Feminism (New York: Pantheon Books, 1974) and branched out into two main
directions: one drawing from Jacques Lacan’s work (for example, Juliet Mitchell and
Jacqueline Rose, eds., Feminine Sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the école freudienne, trans.
Jacqueline Rose [New York: W. W. Norton, 1982], with introductory essays by Mitchell
and Rose recounting the early debate, and essays by Lacan), and the other, directly or
indirectly, from Kleinian psychoanalysis (for instance, Nancy Chodorow’s object-rela-
tions–oriented The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gen-
der [Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978]). The participants in feminist psycho-
analytic discourse around female sexuality over the past two and a half decades are too
numerous to list in detail here, but for a recent history of feminism and psychoanalysis,
see Mari Jo Buhle, Feminism and Its Discontents: A Century of Struggle with Psycho-
analysis (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998).
2 For a sense of how little attention has been given to race in feminist intersections
with psychoanalysis, see the following entries in Elizabeth Wright, ed., Feminism and
Psychoanalysis: A Critical Dictionary (Oxford, U.K.: Blackwell, 1992): ‘‘black feminist
critique of psychoanalysis’’ by Biodun Iginla, ‘‘black feminist psychotherapy’’ by Beverly
Greene, and ‘‘race/imperialism’’ by Rey Chow, who notes that ‘‘works devoting equal
attention to race, imperialism, feminism and psychoanalysis are rare. This has much to
do, historically, with the socially and economically privileged status enjoyed by the
practice of psychoanalysis in the West’’ (363). There are a few recent exceptions to the
silence on race in psychoanalysis: Ann Pellegrini, Performance Anxieties: Staging Psycho-
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