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Dr Amber Jacobs

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    Amber Jacobs' research background is in literature, feminism, psychoanalysis, Ancient Greek myth and tragedy.

    Her monograph, On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis and the Law of the Mother is an intervention into classical psychoanalysis via structural anthropology and feminist philosophy that posits a new post-patriarchal theory of the symbolic order. She has published articles on psychoanalytic feminism and the mother-daughter relation in cinema, literature and feminist thought.

    Her current work involves re-readings and expansions of psychoanalytic theories to accommodate new forms of subjectivities in the context of social, cultural and technological change. Her recent research is in visual culture, digital technologies, film theories, the relation between new media technologies and unconscious fantasy and theories of feminist and Queer spectatorship that challenge dominant psychoanalytic models of the gaze and sexual difference. She is also interested in the analysis of formal techniques in filmmaking that rework the relation between the image and power, and in making her own films.

  • Research

    Research

    Research interests

    • 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 and constructions of the maternal both in psychoanalytic feminism and contemporary culture.
    • Representations and constructions of misogyny in cinema, literature and visual arts.
    • Visual culture, theories of gender and spectatorship, film theory, feminist cinema and practice as research (audiovisual practices).
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Supervision

    Current doctoral researchers

    • BILL BENNETT
    • MATTHEW OAKES
    • REBECCA GREENSLADE
    • SASHA BERGSTROM-KATZ
    • SHARON TUGWELL
    • VALERIE SANDERS

    Doctoral alumni

    • MIKE STACK
    • JOSHUA CUNLIFFE
  • Publications

    Publications

    Article

    Book

    Book Section

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