Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story (Paperback)

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Young Anna Freud is sexually attracted to other girls. Unfortunately, in the early 20th century, lesbianism is still widely considered to be a symptom of "hysteria," a psychological disorder marked by paralysis and other extreme symptoms.
Anna's father, Sigmund Freud, has long believed that fathers are at fault for any daughter's lesbianism. But he also takes pride in being the world's leading expert on hysteria, so he can't ignore what he believes to be the screamingly crazy roots of Anna's "disorder." Unfortunately for Anna (and women everywhere), Sigmund believes that any and all hysteria is caused when a woman's innate and unconscious desire to be sexually violated goes unmet.
Worried about her lack of male suitors, Sigmund psychoanalyzes Anna to ready her for a womanly life. In analysis, Anna tries hard to accept her father's ideas. But when she meets Dorothy Burlingham, heir to the Tiffany fortune, she can't help but fall in love. The novel HYSTERICAL is Anna's fact-based, full-life story of father-daughter conflict, sexual coming of age, and life with Dorothy.
Author Rebecca Coffey is an award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, and radio commentator. Also a humorist, she is the author of Nietzsche's Angel Food Cake: And Other "Recipes" for the Intellectually Famished (Beck & Branch, 2013) and Science and Lust(Beck & Branch, 2018).

About the Author


REBECCA COFFEY is an award-winning print journalist, documentary filmmaker, and radio commentator. Coffey contributes regularly to Scientific American and Discover magazines. She blogs about sexuality, relationships, crime and punishment, social media, and psychology for Psychology Today, and is a broadcasting contributor to Vermont Public Radio's drive-time commentary series. Her most recent major work of journalism is the March 2012 eBook MURDERS MOST FOUL: And the School Shooters in Our Midst (Vook), which landed her appearances on Fox News, CBS Radio and NPR, among others. Her narrative nonfiction book UNSPEAKABLE TRUTHS AND HAPPY ENDINGS: Human Cruelty and the New Trauma Therapy (Sidran Press) was widely praised, and was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice magazine. Her television documentaries about health and mental health have been broadcast nationally. Coffey is also a humorist. Her NIETZSCHE'S ANGEL FOOD CAKE: And Other "Recipes" for the Intellectually Famished was published by Beck and Branch in 2013. Other humor has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Rumpus, and a large handful of literary magazines and e-zines. For more on Rebeeca, go to http: //rebeccacoffey.com/hysterical-anna-freuds-story/
Product Details
ISBN: 9781938314421
ISBN-10: 1938314425
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Pages: 360
Language: English