Dr Amber Jacobs
BA English Literature (Sussex) MA European Literatures and Languages (London), PhD (London)
30 Russell Square
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Birkbeck College, University of London
London WC1B 5DT
Tel: 020 3073 8015
Fax: 020 7631 6312
- Amber Jacobs was previously a lecturer in English and Critical Theory at University of Sussex.
- Her recent monograph, On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis and the Law of the Mother, Columbia University Press (New York) 2007, is a feminist intervention into classical psychoanalysis via structural anthropology and feminist philosophy that posits a new post-patriarchal theory of the symbolic order.
- Amber's current book addresses the question of radical passivity in western culture via an analysis of a constellation of ancient Cretan myths and their contemporary reworkings. The main theorists used in this book are Laplance, Bion and Irigaray.
Research and teaching
- Psychoanalysis - Post Freudian tradition ( Freud, Klein, Lacan, Bion, Winnicott, Andre Green, Laplanche).
- Psychoanalytic feminist theory and feminist philosophy - my research is concerned with theorising beyond the classical Oedipal paradigm.
- I am especially interested in the work of Luce Irigaray, Judith Butler, Juliet Mitchell, Jessica Benjamin Jean Laplanche (among others) as post Lacanian theorists who are attempting to think through a post-patriarchal symbolic order.
- Ancient Greek myth and tragedy (feminist interpretations and political uses of) and contemporary recycling of myth in literature, culture and theory.
- Writing and sexual difference, particularly contemporary literature by women.
- Theories of and constructions of the maternal both in psychoanalytic feminism and contemporary culture.
- Representations and constructions of misogyny in cinema, literature and visual arts.
- Psychoanalysis – post Freudian tradition, psychoanalytic feminist theory and feminist philosophy, post-Lacanian theorists; Ancient Greek myth and tragedy (feminist interpretations and political uses of) and contemporary recycling of myth in literature, culture and theory; writing and sexual difference; theories of and constructions of the maternal.
- Jacobs, A. (2007) On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis and the Law of the Mother, Columbia University Press (New York) (217 pages)
- Jacobs, A. (2007) The Possibility of Theory: Melanie Klein, Luce Irigaray and the Mother-Daughter Relation, Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy (ISSN 0887 5367) Summer Issue June 2007 pp.175-193
- Jacobs, A. (2006) ‘The Transmission of Affect’: Post Lacanian Feminism and the Return to the Body. Women: A Cultural Review (ISSN 0957 4042), Vol 17 Issue 1 pp.103-117 April 2006
- Jacobs, A. (2004) Towards a Structural Theory of Matricide: Psychoanalysis, The Oresteia and the Maternal Prohibition, Women: A Cultural Review (ISSN 0957 4042) Vol 15 pp.19-34 March 2004