Cynthia Burack is Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University. She is the author of Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Antigay Rhetoric and the Christian Right and Tough Love: Sexuality, Compassion, and the Christian Right, both also published by SUNY Press.
What has too often been missing from discussions of women's psychology in social theory is an account of women as ambivalent: both empathic and enraged, loving and hating. The Problem of the Passions fills this void. Examining the work of such feminist theorists as Carol Gilligan, Nancy Chodorow, Jessica Benjamin, and Dorothy Dinnerstein in a new light, Burack argues that feminist social theory can be repaired through attention to the pioneering psychoanalytic work of Melanie Klein. Sure to be of interest to feminists, psychoanalysts, political scientists, and social theorists, The Problem of the Passions is essential reading for anyone concerned with feminism and questions of identity in social thought.