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Cultures of Fetishism

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Louise J. Kaplan

The Domesday Dictionary

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The Domesday Dictionary
is an imaginative work. It integrates paradox with infuriatingly true characterizations in a surprising and original manner.”—Theodor Reik

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“A brilliantly done job.”—William Styron

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The Family Romance of the Impostor Poet Thomas Chatterton

“Clinical psychologist Louise Kaplan combines meticulous scholarship with shrewd and mostly jargon-free insights into the dynamics of imposture.”—Dennis Drabelle,
Washington Post Book World

“Fascinating and often highly illuminating . . . Louise J. Kaplan approaches this remarkable story as a psychoanalyst with a special interest in the problems of adolescence . . . The book is well worth reading. Chatterton was an extraor- dinary individual, and he turns out to be even more extraordinary in realistic close-up than in romantic legend.”—John Gross,
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“What raises Kaplan’s biography above the norm is her study of Chatterton as a precocious and neurotic adolescent . . . Her presentation of a highly talented fatherless boy surrounded by adoring female family is very convincing.”—Anstiss Drake,
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“Kaplan has blended poetry, scholarship, and sensitive psychological insight to produce a major contribution to the literature of human development.”—Aaron Esman, M.D.

“A groundbreaking book that redefines the meaning of adolescence.”—

Publishers Weekly

“Kaplan gives a fresh interpretation of that phase of human existence about which nobody agrees ...a naturally lyrical style enables the author to do what adolescents do: to weave past, present and future on a thread of imagination and create new possibilities.”—
Contemporary Psychology

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“At last, adolescence is treated with the respect and understanding that has long been its due . . . Dazzling scholarship, warm sympathy, original insights and brilliant interpretation make it a must for anyone who is puzzled by the behavior of adolescents.”—Bel Kaufman

“Brilliant, original, fascinating, poetical, beautiful, vibrant, spontaneous, clear, compassionate, eloquent, dazzling, insightful, warm, sympathetic, sen- sitive, deep, and aesthetically pleasurable. When so much jargon is lavished on adolescence, it is refreshing to obtain an original portrait of this enigmatic age.”—E. James Anthony, M.D.

Oneness and Separateness

“Sound, knowledgeable and powerfully written . . . unified by Dr. Kaplan’s unblinking focus on real human babies and how they act and by her own clear and lyrical voice.”—
The Boston Globe

“An eloquent and beautiful book ...a stunning interpretive drama of the mother-child relationship that reaches into the very mind of the baby.”—Molly Haskell

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No Voice is Ever Wholly Lost

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No Voice is Ever Wholly Lost
speaks to both the intellect and the heart, offering profound and healing insights into loss, grief, and reconnection.”—Judith Viorst, author of
Necessary Losses

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Last Wish
First You Cry

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Female Perversions

“This masterful study breaks new ground in our understanding of sexuality, gender roles and the way modern society trivializes erotic expression.”—

Publishers Weekly

“A great discovery, a new lens focused on the female condition.”—Fay Weldon
, Allure

“A fascinating and ambitious new study.”—
The New York Times Sunday Book Review

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Voice Literary Supplement

“Kaplan has done that rare thing—to write a book for a general audience that can also interest the more narrow technical audience of psychoanalysts. This book is that almost lost phenomena in the contemporary corporate pub- lishing world: an intellectually accomplished book accessible to a general readership.”—
Psychoanalytic Psychology

“Written with a sense of moral courage, breaking new ground in various ways about gender and society, cultural and political supports that enhance but also diminish who we are as infants, children, adolescents, and adults.”—
Psychoanalytic Books

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ultures of

By Louise J. Kaplan

The Domesday Dictionary
(with Donald M. Kaplan and Armand Schwerner)

Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual Adolescence: The Farewell to Childhood

The Family Romance of the Impostor-Poet Thomas Chatterton Female Perversions: The Temptations of Emma Bovary

No Voice Is Ever Wholly Lost

ultures of

Louise J. Kaplan


© Louise J. Kaplan, 2006.

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ISBN-13: 978–1–4039–6968–2 ISBN-10: 1–4039–6968–X

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Kaplan, Louise J.

Cultures of fetishism / Louise J. Kaplan

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Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 1–4039–6968–X (alk. paper)

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