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Mitchell – Prof Juliet C W

Professor Mitchell

University Post: Professor of Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies
Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies (PPSIS)
College Offices Currently Held:
Emeritus Fellow

Degrees Obtained:
M.A. oxon

Academic Interests:
Psychoanalysis, gender studies, English literature

Other Interests:
Art, Swimming


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Juliet Mitchell is Professor of Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies at the University Cambridge, Convenor of Gender Studies in Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. She is a Full Member of the British and the International Psychoanalytical Societies. Her most recent books are Siblings: Sex and Violence, Polity Press (2003) and Mad Men and Medusas: Reclaiming Hysteria and the Sibling Relationship for the Human Condition, Allen Lane/Penguin Press and Basic Books (2000).



  • With Lisa Saville Young, ‘Looking for the siblings’: A critical narrative analysis of child evacuation during World War II’ Critical Psychology 15 ISBN: 1905
  • ‘The Sibling and the Other’. Publicalia of Division 39, APA, USA.
  • ‘Psychologische Implikationen demographischer Veränderungen: Ersetzt das kinderlose „Gender’ den mit Fortpflanzung verbundenen Geschlechtsunterschied? Was wir von Geschwistern lernen können’ Texte: psychoanalyse. ästhetik. Kulturkritik. Heft 3/ 2005.
  • ‘Reflections on Twenty Years of Feminism’. The Scholar and Feminist Online: Past Conrtoversies, Present Challenges, Future Feminisms.
  • Interview in Cogito. February 2006, Istanbul.
  • ‘Siblings and Trauma – a theoretical consideration’, Chapter in P. Coles (ed) Sibling Relationships Karnac Books.
  • Women: the Longest Revolution. Agora Kitapligi, Istanbul, Turkey.


  • ‘Psychoanalysis and Serendipity’, Bulletin of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Bologna (in press).
  • ‘Theory as an Object’ October 113. Summer 2005 MIT press. USA
  • An interview with Juliet Mitchell. October. Summer 2005 MIT press. USA.
  • ‘What Is The Difference Between Gender And Sexual Difference?’, in I. Matthis (ed.) Gender and Sexuality, London: Karnac Books
  • ‘Looking again at Sisters’, Treca, vol. vii, No 1-2, pp 346-55
  • Psychoanalysis and Feminism. ?et???ß??e, Athens, Greece.
  • Women: the Longest Revolution. ??tt???, Athens, Greece.
  • Review of Jane Fonda’s My Life So Far. Open Democracy. July 2005.
  • Translations: Mad Men and Medusas. Reclaiming Hysteria and the Effects of Sibling Relations on the Human Condition, into Estonian, French, Slovenian, Spanish and Italian.
  • Translations: Siblings: Sex and Violence into French, Italian, Turkish.
  • Translation: Psychoanalysis and Feminism into Estonian.


  • Review of Prophecy Coles: The Importance of Sibling Relationships in Psychoanalysis, IJPA April 2004 vol. 85, Part 2, pp.557 – 561.
  • ‘Gender, the Family and Mental Illness’ Research Review supplement 15, 101-107.
  • ‘Procreative Mothers (sexual difference) and childfree sisters (gender): feminism and fertility.’ The European Journal of Women’s Studies. Vol.11.4. London. Sage Publications.
  • ‘Natasha and Hélène in Tolstoy’s War and Peace: gender conventions and creativity.’ Eng ed. selections from ed Moretti. See 2002.
  • ‘The Difference Between Gender and Sexual Difference’ Dialogues on Sexuality, Gender, and Psychoanalysis. London: Karnac, 2004.


  • ‘La reconnaissance du traumatisme et la place du langage’, Report of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society.
  • ‘On First Looking into Freud’s Lecture on Femininity’, ‘, Review Feature in European Journal of Psychotherapy Counselling and Health, Taylor, Francis and Routledge: London and Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: Women in Psychoanalysis: Memos for Future Historians.
  • ‘Psychoanalysis and Feminism at the Millennium’, in Bronfen, E. and Kavna M. (ed), Feminist Consequences: Theory for a New Century, Columbia University Press.
  • Siblings: Sex and Violence, Cambridge: Polity Press (October 2003).
  • ‘Siblings and the Engendering of Gender’, Psychomedia, Institute of Philosophy, Naples website.


  • ‘Natasha and Hélène in Tolstoy’s War and Peace: gender conventions and creativity’, in Moretti, F. (ed.) le Romano vol. III, Rome: Editore Einaudi
  • ‘Psychoanalysis, Sexuality and Social Changes’, in A. Molino and C. Ware (eds.) Where Id was, Routledge, London.
  • (with Sigal Spigel), ‘The Power of Abstraction’ in Review of Nancy Chodorow’s The Power of Feelings, in Psychodynamic Practice, London.
  • ‘Sexuality in the Twenty-first Century’, Tropicos, Journal of the Caracas Psychoanalytical Society, vol. 2, year X, Pages 80-84, November 2002.
  • ‘Psykoanalys och feminism vid tusenårsskiftet’, Divan. Tidskrift för psykoanalys och kultur, 1-2/2002, pp.101-110.
  • ‘What Is The Difference Between Gender And Sexual Difference?’, Psykoterapia. ISSN 0350-601x.
  • Response to: Lynne Segal: ‘Psychoanalysis and Politics: Juliet Mitchell, Then and Now’, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 3(2), 217-228.


  • ‘Drogue: un point de vue psychanalytique’, in Becker, H.S. (ed.) Qu’est-ce qu’une Drogue?, Anglet: Atlantica.
  • Commentary on Sarah Richmond: ‘Anorexia, Social World and Internal Woman’, in Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology Vol 8, No. 1 March 2001 pp. 13-15, John Hopkins University Press: Baltimore.
  • ‘Seitwärts schauen Die Psychoanalyse und das Problem der Geschwisterbeziehung’, The Karl Abraham Lecture, Berlin Jahrbuch Psychoanalyse, Berlin Feb. 2001.
  • Review of Evelyn Heinemann, ‘Witches: A psychological exploration of the killing of women’, International Journal of Critical Psychology, 3, October.
  • Review Article of Ethel Spector Person: ‘The Sexual Century’, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 2(3), 243-260.


  • Mad Men and Medusas: Reclaiming Hysteria and the Effects of Sibling Relations on the Human Condition, Allen Lane and Penguin Books, London.
  • ‘Non commettere adulterio’ in Chialant, M.T. and Rao, E (eds.) Letteratura e feminismi: Teorie della critica in area inglose e Americana. Liguori Editore, Naples.
  • ‘Sapere, sesso politica: ecco la nuova agenda. Intervista a Braidotti, Haraway, Mitchell, Scott’. Reset, 63, 42-52.
  • Selected Melanie Klein: An Introduction to Melanie Klein. J. Mitchell (ed.) with an introduction. Penguin Freud, London. New Edition.
  • Psychoanalysis and Feminism, with a New Introduction. Penguin Books, London.
  • ‘The Vortex beneath the story’ in Brooks, P. and Woloch, A. (eds.) Whose Freud? The Place of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture. Proceedings of the Yale Conference. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
  • ‘A Luta permanente’, Mais! Folha de S. Paulo, 15th October 2000.


  • ’Family or Familiarity?’ (with Jack Goody) in Bainham, A., Day Slater, S. and Richards, M. (eds.) What is a Parent? Rupert Hart, Oxford.
  • ‘Hysteria and the Body’ in Molfino, F., Zanardi, C., (eds.) Symptoms, Body, Femininity: From Hysteria to Bulimia, Clueb Press, Bologna, pp. 192-211.
  • ‘Reconsidérer Dora’ in Les Femme dans l’histoire de psychoanalyse. Editions l’Esprit du Temps, Paris. Also as ‘Dora and her doctors’, in S. de Mijolla (ed.), Women in the History of Psychoanalysis. Karnac Books, London.
  • ‘L’Identité di genere: le componenti maschili e femminili della personalita’. Florence: Contrap Punto. pp. 3-16.
  • ‘Feminism and Psychoanalysis at the Millennium’ in Women: a cultural review. Vol. 10, (2), pp. 185-191. London.


  • ‘Trauma, Recognition and the Place of Language’, in Diacritics: a review of contemporary criticism. Vol. 28, No. 4, pp. 121-133.
  • ‘Questioning the Oedipus Complex’, Replika, Hungarian Social Science Quarterly, pp. 113-124. Budapest.
  • Translation: ‘Introduction to the Writings of Jacques Lacan: Femininity’, Gender Studies Journal, Crimea, Ukraine.
  • ‘Memory and Psychoanalysis’ in Fara, P. and Patterson (eds.) Memory (The Darwin Lectures). Cambridge: Cambridge University press. pp. 95-112. Cambridge.
  • ‘Thinking About Emptiness’ in Bulletin of the Society for Marital Studies. 5, Tavistock Clinic
  • Introduction to Reading Melanie Klein, Phillips, J. and Stonebridge, L. (eds.), Routledge, London.
  • Translation: ‘Introduction I’ to Feminine Sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the ecole freudienne. Libora Oates-Indruchova (ed).) (The Girls’ War against Ideology: Classics of Anglo-American Feminist Thought). Slon, Prague.
  • Interview on ‘Women and Psychoanalysis’, Feminist Notebook, USA.


  • ‘Sexuality, Psychoanalysis and Social Changes’, The Institute of Psycho-Analysis News. Also in International Psychoanalysis, Vol. 6, No. 1.
  • ‘Feminism, Fatherhood and the Family: The Case of the CSA’ (with Jack Goody) in Oakley, A and Mitchell, J. (eds.), Who’s Afraid of Feminism?, pp. 200-223.
  • Who’s Afraid of Feminism? Oakley A. and Mitchell J. (eds.) with an Introduction. Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books, London; The New Press, N.Y.
  • Introduction I to Feminine Sexuality in the School of Jacques Lacan, Mitchell and Rose (eds.) in sociologicke Natzladatelstui, Slon, Prague..


  • ‘Sexuality and Psychoanalysis: Hysteria’. British Journal of Psychotherapy. Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 473-479. London.
  • ‘The Role of Procreation in Women’s Oppression’ in Debating Gender, Debating Sexuality. UCLA, Los Angeles.
  • ‘Freudians and Feminists’: Book review, Times Literary Supplement, May 31.
  • ‘Preface’, to J. Raphael-Leff and R. Jozef Perelberg, Female Experience: Three Generations of British Women Psychoanalysts on Work with Women, Routledge, London.
  • ‘The Ideology of the Family’, extracted from Woman’s Estate, for Primus database, USA.
  • ‘Lacan és a nöi szexualitás’, in Thalassa 1, 53-76.


  • ‘Psychoanalysis and Feminism: 20 years on’, British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 73-77 London.


  • ‘Psychoanalysis, Feminism and Politics: A Conversation’ in Materialist Feminism, Moi T. and Radway J. (eds.). South Atlantic Quarterly.
  • Interview with Moa Matthis in ‘Psychology and Culture’, Stockholm.


  • ‘Live Company: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Autistic, Borderline, Deprived and Abused Children’: Book review, Times Literary Supplement, January 22.


  • Before I Was I. Psychoanalysis and the Imagination. The work of Enid Balint. Selected and ed. BY an, ‘Dora, a, aBY an, ‘Dora, a, aby Mitchell, J. and Parsons, M. with an interview by J. Mitchell. Free Association Books, U.K. and Guilford Press, U.S.A.
  • Interview: Austin Riggs Center Review, Vol. 5, No. 1/Fall.
  • ‘From King Lear to Anna O and Beyond: some speculative theses on hysteria and the traditionless self’ The Yale Journal of Criticism 5(2): 91-107. New Haven.


  • The Black Sun, Kristeva, J. Review. International Review of Psychoanalysis, vol. 18, pp.557-9. London.
  • ‘Deconstructing difference: Gender, splitting and transitional space’: Commentary, Psychoanalytic-Dialogues, 1 (3), 353-357.


  • ‘Whatever Happened to Don Juan? Don Juan and Male Hysteria’. Mitos Vol. 3, Sociedad Peruana de Psicoanalysis. Lima, Peru.
  • ‘Psychoanalysis and Women’ in Zanardi, C. (ed.) Essential Papers in Psychoanalysis, NYUP. New York.
  • Freud’s Self Analysis, D. Anzieu, Review. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, vol. 1, pp. 331-344. London.
  • Psicanánalise da sexualidade femina. Edition Campus. Rio de Janiero. pp. 90.


  • Creativity and Perversion, Chassequet-Smirgel, J. Review. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, vol. 68, pp. 131-133. London.


  • The Selected Melanie Klein, J. Mitchell (ed.) Penguin, London; Pantheon Books and Free Press, U.S.A.
  • Women’s Estate (with an Afterword). Penguin.
  • What is Feminism? Mitchell, J. and Oakley, A. (eds.) Blackwells, London and Pantheon Books U.S.A.
  • ‘The Letter I’ in Sexual Difference, Vol. 8, Nos. 1-2.


  • Women: The Longest Revolution: essays on feminism, literature and psychoanalysis. London: Virago; Pantheon Books U.S.A. (reprinted 1996, Vintage Reprints, USA).
  • Feminine Sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the ecole freudienne. Mitchell, J. and Rose, J., (eds.) with two introductions. Introduction 1 by Juliet Mitchell, pp. 1-26. Macmillan London; Norton and Pantheon Books, U.S.A.


  • ‘Narcissus and Oedipus: The Children of Psychoanalysis’, New Left Review, no. 140, pp. 92-96. London.


  • Moll Flanders. Edited with an Introduction for Penguin Classics, pp. 5-25.


  • The Rights and Wrongs of Women, Mitchell, J. and Oakley A., (eds.) Penguin London and Pantheon Books, USA.


  • The Transsexual Experiment, Stoller, R. vol. 2, Sex and Gender. Review. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, vol. 57, pp. 357-360. London.


  • ‘On Freud and the Distinction between the Sexes’ in Jean Strouse, (ed.) Women and Analysis: Dialogues on Psychoanalytic Views of Femininity. Grossman Publishers. U.S.A.
  • Psychoanalysis and Feminism. Allen Lane and Penguin Books, translated into 15 languages.


  • ‘What Maisie Knew: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl’ in The Air of Reality: New Essays on Henry James. Goode J. (ed.), Methuen, pp.168-189. London.
  • ‘The Ordeal of Richard Feverel: a Sentimental Education’, in Fletcher, I., (ed.) Meredith Now. Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp.69-94. London.
  • Women’s Estate. Penguin, London and Pantheon Books, Random House, New York. Translated into eighteen languages.
  • ‘An interview with Juliette [sic] Mitchell’, Pacifica Tape Library.


  • ‘Mailer’s Sex Ego’. So the Revolution Called Again, pp. 611-618, Modern Occasions, Vol. I, No. 4.


  • ‘Why Freud?’, Shrew, London.


  • ‘Women: the Longest Revolution’ New Left Review, No. 40. pp. 11-37. widely printed as a pamphlet and in anthologies and academic readers in many languages. Used on Women’s Studies courses, still in print 2001, pp.11-37.


  • ‘Concepts and techniques in the novels of William Golding’, New Left Review, No. 15, pp. 63-71. London.

Commentaries, Short Articles, Reviews and Review Articles in:

The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Monthly Review, New Left Review, TLS, THES, New Stateman, New Society, Contentions, Leviathon, Commentary, Nation Review, Spare Rib, New Formations, The Oxford Literary Review, Books, The Guardian, British Journal of Psychotherapy, Social Praxis, Dissent, New Humanist, Forum, Kontrast, Dalhousie Review, Modern Occasions, The Listener, Partisan Review, Replika, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, International Review of Psychoanalysis, Yale French Studies, Twentieth Century, Diacritics, Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of the British Association of Psychotherapy, Studies in Gender and Sexuality.

Interviews in:

Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung, New Humanist, Kontrast, Forum, Anna, m/f, Dalhousie review, Dagbladet, New York Post, Glasgow Herald, Corriera della Sera, La Donna, Il Manifesto, Washington Post, The Digger, De groene Amsterdammer, Fujin Koron, Vogue, South Atlantic Quarterly and in Women Analysing Women eds. E.H. Baruch and L.J. Serraro, New York with Toril Moi in the Journal of Duke University, with Moa Matthis, University of Stockholm Journal.

Films and Radio:

2001: Participated in documentary film: ‘Jacques Lacan la psychanalyse réinventée!’ Arte Kapnist/Roudinesco. 2000: Appeared on ‘Start the Week’ and ‘In our Time’ (twice). 1998: Devised, chaired and participated in six programmes on literature and psychoanalysis ‘Chapters of Madness’, Radio 4, BBC. Also scripted, reported and presented two documentary films on women’s work; designed and chaired a six-part English television film-and-discussion series. Television critic for the New Statesman, appeared on radio and television discussion programs in Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, USA, Wales. Series of lectures on ‘Aspects of Feminism’ for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.