The Life and Work of Joan Riviere: Freud, Klein and Female Sexuality

Author's Talk by Marion Bower

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19 June, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

£9 - £12

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In 1922 Dr Ernest Jones wrote to Professor Sigmund Freud to introduce his former patient, Joan Riviere, who now planned to go to Freud for a further analysis:

‘She understands more about psychoanalysis than any of us…she has a strong complex about being a well born lady..county family, and despises the rest of us….especially the women…..’

Not surprisingly Freud was underwhelmed by the prospect of this harpy. How did this stunningly beautiful woman, who had trained as a dressmaker, become Freud’s favourite translator and occasional confidant.? Riviere was a founder member of the British Psychoanalytic Society and was the analyst of Bowlby and Winnicott. This presentation focuses on Riviere’s strange journey to the heart of the psychoanalytic establishment, and her views on female sexuality which contradicted Freud, but are still relevant today.

The Life and Work of Joan Riviere will appeal to anyone interested in the history of psychoanalysis as well as Riviere’s highly original perspectives involving feminist thought and female sexuality.

The Life and Work of Joan Riviere: Freud, Klein and Female Sexuality is available from the Freud Museum Shop.

Marion Bower is an adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She has also worked in child mental health services for 35 years, including fourteen years at the Tavistock Clinic. She has edited or co-edited four professional books and is the Author of The Life and Work of Joan Riviere (Routledge 2018).


19 June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£9 - £12
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