BOOKS BOOKS SEXUALITIES: CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVES. Edited by Alessandra Lemma and Paul E. Lynch. London: Routledge, 2015, 244 pp. “So what’s all this sex stuff about then?” asks a patient after “devoting much of his session to persuading” one of the editors of this volume, Alessandra Lemma, “that his sexual fantasies were of no import, that they had no connection whatsoever with the chronic back pains that had brought him to analysis” (p. 1). I sus- pect all contemporary psychoanalysts have met the same skepti- cism and resistance in their patients, who have a vague or not so vague anxiety that their sexual life—fantasies, inhibitions, amne- sias, delights—will be dragged into the conversation despite their best efforts to prevent it. One of the many fascinating dimensions to this broad collection of essays on contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives on sexuality is that it returns the enigma of sexual desire to the center of the discussion of the psyche and its dis- contents, while acknowledging the complicity of psychoanalysis in the postwar period in pushing sex back into the shadows from which Freud had exhumed it. By its own admission, “the book reflects a somewhat idiosyn- cratic collection” (p. 11), ranging widely,
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