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Masculine Shame: From Succubus to the Eternal Feminine

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Cover of Masculine Shame: From Succubus to the Eternal Feminine written by Mary Y. Ayers.

Masculine Shame: From Succubus to the Eternal Feminine is a book written by Mary Y. Ayers. The author examines the myth of the Succubus in religious, historical and literal aspects and its effects on views held within those aspects of society.


Details

  • Title: Masculine Shame: From Succubus to the Eternal Feminine
  • Author: Mary Y. Ayers
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Pages: 216
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415390397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415390392
  • Release Date: February 21, 2011


Synopsis

How does the image of the succubus relate to psychoanalytic thought?

Masculine Shame: From Succubus to the Eternal Feminine explores the idea that the image of the succubus, a demonic female creature said to emasculate men and murder mothers and infants, has been created out of the masculine projection of shame and looks at how the transformation of this image can be traced through Western history, mythology, and Judeo-Christian literature.

Divided into three parts areas of discussion include:

  • the birth of civilization and the evolution of the succubus
  • the image of the succubus in the writings of Freud and Jung
  • the succubus as child killing mother to the restoration of the eternal feminine.

Through a process of detailed cultural and social analysis this book places the image of the succubus at the very heart of psychoanalytic thought, as seen vividly in both Freud’s Medusa and Jung’s visions of Salome. As such this book will be of great interest to all those in the fields of analytical psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.


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