Book: Insane Passions

I am the author of Insane Passions:  Lesbianism and Psychosis in Literature and Film, which was published in December 2006 by Wesleyan University Press.  Insane Passions traces the now-discredited myth of the lesbian-as-madwoman from its introduction in early twentieth-century psychoanalysis and literature through to its startling reappearance in contemporary film.  Examining Jacques Lacan's early writings, French surrealism, Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood, and H.D.’s homoerotic fiction (HERmione, Asphodel, and Paint It Today) in light of feminist and queer theory, I trace the production of the “psychotic lesbian” as the limit of the social at the beginning of the twentieth century. I then proceed to analyze the significance of her spectacular reappearance at the turn of the millennium in such films as Murderous Maids, Sister My Sister, Basic Instinct, and Single White Female. 

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Chris Coffman,
May 18, 2010, 11:05 PM
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Chris Coffman,
May 18, 2010, 11:04 PM
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