Womanliness as a masquerade: Joan Rivière. by Julia Evans on January 1, Published: 1) International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, , Vol 9. Joan Hodgson Riviere (28 June – 20 May ) was a British psychoanalyst, who was In she published “Womanliness as a Masquerade” in which she looks at an area of sexual development of intellectual women in particular. Documents Similar To Riviere, Joan. Womanliness as Masquerade, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 10, , Müller-Braunchweig.

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There is evidence that Riviere was speaking of herself in her rivisre of the “patient” in her paper, evidence that can be found in her diary and in the diary of her mother; as well as from interviews that I had with her daughter Diana. Such patients were characterised in his view by ‘what may be called a “moral” facto, a sense of guilt, which is finding its satisfaction in the illness and refuses to give up the punishment of suffering.

She took an interest in divorce reform and the suffragette movement.

Joan Riviere and the masquerade.

The Letter A discussion list around Freudian and Lacanian texts and related events. Her father was a solicitor with an important literary background.

A talk by Owen Hewitson in Manchester on 8th February She makes an original contribution here in understanding and demonstrating that it is oral envy that leads the morbidly jealous woman to search for unattainable love madquerade to feel deprived. This led to Jones referring her to Freud.

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These emotional difficulties led her to psychoanalysis with Ernest Jones in This bisexual woman hides a wish for masculinity behind a mask of womanliness to avert anxiety and the retribution she fears from both men and women. Joan Riviere died in London insurvived by her only daughter, Diana. In she was assisting Sylvia Payne in organising the Oxford conference. Her “Contribution to the Analysis of the Negative Therapeutic Reaction” is ‘widely regarded as her most important contribution to psychoanalytic theory’, building as it did on her personal experience — ‘drawing on the painful experiences bound up with joam analyses with Jones and Freud’.

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It is the clearest and most beautifully expressed outline of Kleinian theory as it was at that time, lucidly describing the sufferings of infants and children as they struggle with their love and hate for their objects.

She met Klein again in Salzburg in and became a key proponent of Melanie Klein’s ideas. Fraudulent femininity covers a wish amsquerade masculinity that must be hidden out of a fear of retribution.

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Suffering from emotional distress, she went for therapeutic psychoanalysis with Ernest Jones in Her ability to make complex theoretical insights persuasively straightforward helped to resolve the difficulties. Melanie Klein Trust Home Klein’s life: Her father was a lawyer and her mother a vicar’s daughter. In addition there is a letter from Freud to Riviere that gives further evidence that she is writing about herself in this paper.

In she published “Womanliness as a Masquerade” in which she looks at an area of sexual development of intellectual women in particular, where femininity is a defensive mask that is put on to hide masculinity. By contrast Riviere drawing on Klein ‘puts the emphasis elsewhere The article appeared in in a special issue no 7 of La Psychanalyse the journal of the Society on the question of feminine sexuality. It is not at all a question of bringing into play a notion which was not within her range?


I want to consider the paper, her first original contribution to psychoanalytic thought, in the social and cultural context of the time, and then I shall focus on elements in it that relate to Joan Riviere’s personal experiences and family influences that shaped her understanding of women and their sexuality.

Although her contributions have not been adequately recognised, Joan Riviere contributed much to aas. This page was last masquegade on 21 Octoberat Some Lacanian History When she returned to London, Riviere became actively involved in the work of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Definitions of humanness 51 b. She was not so close to her mother who had been a governess and, as such, taught the young Riviere herself. This was partly a determination to surpass certain mother—figures who were frigid, but on deeper levels it was a determination not to be beaten by the man.

Retrieved from ” https: This was particularly the case as they pertained to the topics of oral sadism, projection, and introjection in infancy. The idea of an organised system of defence has commanded the interest of succeeding masqueraade.

At the Hague conference inshe met Freud for the first time and asked to be analysed by him. Riviere traces the roots of the homosexual development in women to frustration during sucking or weaning which gives rise to intense sadism towards both parents, particularly the mother.

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