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Freud and his Mother

Adam Phillips, 31 March 1988

The Riddle of Freud: Jewish Influences on his Theory of Female Sexuality 
by Estelle Roith.
Tavistock, 199 pp., £25, September 1987, 0 422 61380 0
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... owners of psychoanalysis. Riddles were once part of the romance of psychoanalysis. So the title of Estelle Roith’s book is promising: it is when we get to the subtitle that the trouble starts. She takes her epigraph from Freud’s ‘New Introductory Lecture on Femininity’: ‘Throughout history people have knocked their heads against the riddle of ...

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