Penis Envy and Other Bad Feelings

Penis Envy and Other Bad Feelings

The Emotional Costs of Everyday Life

Book - 2018
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Mari Ruti combines theoretical reflection, cultural critique, feminist politics, and personal experience to analyze the prevalence of bad feelings in contemporary everyday life. Proceeding from a playful engagement with Freud's idea of penis envy, Ruti's autotheoretical commentary fans out to a broader consideration of neoliberal pragmatism. She focuses on the emphasis on good performance, high productivity, constant self-improvement, and relentless cheerfulness that characterizes present-day Western society. Revealing the treacherousness of our fantasies of the good life, particularly the idea that our efforts will eventually be rewarded--that things will eventually get better--Ruti demystifies the false hope that often causes us to tolerate an unbearable present.
Publisher: New York :, Columbia University Press,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780231186681
0231186681
Branch Call Number: 128.37 RU
Characteristics: xlix, 257 pages ; 23 cm

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