Submission and reading: feminine masochism and feminist criticism

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 1989 Number 7

Submission and reading: feminine masochism and feminist criticism
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Williams looks at the vexed problem for feminists of female masochism and subjection, beginning with Dr Daniel Paul Shreber’s notion that ‘it really must be very nice to be a woman submitting’. She considers feminist responses to the work of D.H. Lawrence, questioning how feminism can deal with the possibility that many women enjoy Lawrence’s work because, not in spite of, his poor treatment of women. Williams also looks at the work of De Sade and considers interpretations by feminists such as Maria Marcus, Kate Milieu and Karen Horney, as well as dealing with seminal works by Freud and Barthes. She notes that Freud’s notion that the unconscious doesn’t recognise the idea of ‘No’ presents a distinct challenge to feminist readers, and she looks in particular at his treatment of the Dora case study.

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