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Speaking the Unspeakable: Religion, Misogyny, and the Uncanny Mother in Freud's Cultural Texts

Diane Jonte-Pace


In a bold rereading of Freud's cultural texts, this book uncovers an undeveloped “counter thesis,”, one that repeatedly interrupts or subverts his well-known Oedipal master plot. The counter thesis is evident in three clusters of themes within Freud's work: maternity, mortality, and immortality; Judaism and anti-Semitism; and mourning and melancholia. Each of these clusters is associated with “the uncanny” and with death and loss. Appearing most frequently in Freud's images, metaphors, and illustrations, the counter thesis is no less present for being unspoken—it is, indeed, “unspeakable.” The ... More

Keywords: Freud, counter thesis, maternity, mortality, immortality, Judaism, anti-Semitism, mourning, melancholia, the uncanny, death, loss, matrophobia, misogyny

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520226005
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520226005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diane Jonte-Pace, author