Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between book

AUTHOR: Esther Rapoport
PUBLISHER: Routledge
DATE: 2019
PAGES: 170

Publisher’s Description

This is the first book to assess bisexuality through a range of psychoanalytic and critical perspectives, highlighting both the issues faced by bisexual people in contemporary society and the challenges that can be presented by bisexual clients within a clinical setting.

Examining bisexuality through the lenses of Lacanian, Winnicottian and Relational psychoanalytic theories, the book outlines the ways in which the concept is at once both dated and yet still tremendously important. It includes case studies to explore the issue of widespread countertransference responses in the clinical setting, as well as using both bisexual theory and empirical research on biphobia to comment on the social pressures facing bisexual men and women, and the resultant psychological effects.

Bisexual identities and practices have become increasingly visible in recent years, and this important book addresses the lack of critical reckoning with this topic within the psychoanalytic community. It will be of great interest to practicing psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, as well as to researchers across the fields of psychoanalysis and gender & sexuality studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Bisexuality: the undead (m)other of psychoanalysis
Chapter 2: Which traditional psychoanalytic meanings of bisexuality are worth keeping, and which had better go?
Chapter 3: Object choice: choosing objects of psychoanalytic inquiry from among the different meanings of bisexuality
Chapter 4: Bisexual subjectivity trogh the lenses of Lacanian, Object Relations and Relational theories
Chapter 5: Epistemologies of the fence: meeting points between bisexual and contemporary psychoanalytic epistemo9logies
Chapter 6: Bisexuality and Oedipus, a strained relationship: anti-Oedipal, post-Oedipal and extra-Oedipal bisexualities
Chapter 7: Abjection in action: bisexual patient and transference-countertransference dynamics
Chapter 8: Women and men: overlapping experiences, different pressures

Library Books Cited in this Work

Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others edited by Jonathan Alexander, Karen Yescavage, Fritz Klein
A History of Bisexuality by Steven Angelides 
Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner
Three Essays on Sexuality by Sigmund Freud
Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life by Marjorie Garber
Bisexual Spaces: A Geography of Sexuality and Gender by Clare Hemmings
RePresenting Bisexualities: Subjects and Cultures of Fluid Desires edited by M. Pramaggiore and D. E. Hall

Other Relevant Books Cited

Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler
Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applicationss and Perverse Scenario by A. Celenza
Gender Identity: A Differential Model by I. Fast
Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality by A. Fausto-Sterling
Bisexuality: The Psychology and Politics of an Invisible Minority by Beth A. Firestein
Gender as Soft Assembly by A. Harris
This Sex Which Is Not One by L. Irigaray
Psychic Bisexuality by G. Kohon
Love and Orgasm: A Revolutionary View to Sexual Fulfilllment by A. Lowen
Sleights of Reason: Norm, Bisexuality, Development by M. Mader
Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity by K. Mark, D. Rosenkrantz and I. Kerner
The Plural Self: Multiplicity in Everyday Life by L. Rappaport, A. Rolef Ben Shahar
The Case for Falling in Love: Why We Can’t Master the Madness of Love – and Why That’s the Best Part by M. Ruti
Wild Desires and Mistaken Identities: Lesbianism and Psychoanalysis by J. Ryan and N. O’Connor
Sexual Subjects: Lesbians, Gender and Psychoanalysis by A. Schwartz

Library Notes

Purchased new by the library. Hardback.