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FORGOTTEN FORMS OF CLOSE COMBAT. MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS REVISITED

F E M I N I S T W R I T E R S have provided powerful and persuasive accounts of the psychological, political, and philosophical importance of mother-child relations and of their reverberations throughout our lives. This work has stimulated productive analyses of some of the patriarchal fantasies that underlie and engender the productions of Western culture. 1 The frequent displacement o f fantasies from maternal to paternal sites even within psychological theorizing has become more evident. 2 O u r understanding of female subjectivity and h u - man development is richer and more complex.