Dorothy Dinnerstein translated from the Feminism

The Mermaid and the Minotaur

Sexual Arrangements and Human Malaise

Publication Date: Jun 17, 1999

332 pp


List Price US $13.99
ISBN: 9781590514696

Trade Paperback

List Price US $20.00
ISBN: 9781892746252

With new introductions by Vivian Gornick and Ann Snitow, and an afterword by Adrienne Harris

Since its publication in 1976, Dorothy Dinnerstein’s The Mermaid and the Minotaur has been recognized as one of the most important contributions to modern feminist thought. The book, translated into at least seven languages, is widely used in women’s studies courses and is an influential text outside academia as well. Comparing Dinnerstein’s book to Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, one reviewer declared that this seminal essay not only belongs in “every feminist library” but in the “library of every well-educated person.”

In this work, Dinnerstein challenges the ideology underlying the female monopoly of childcare. A seminal feminist text, The Mermaid and the Minotaur brilliantly integrates feminist theory with Kleinian psychoanalytical theory.

Excerpt from The Mermaid and the Minotaur

“A seminal text in the women’s movement.” —Ethel S. Person, author of The Sexual Century

“Still the most important work of feminist psychoanalytic exploration, its re-release is a celebratory occasion.” —Eli Sagan, author of Freud, Women and Mortality

“[The Mermaid and the Minotaur] continues to astonish us with the depth and wisdom of its psychoanalytic approach even as its major ideas have become as unobtrusively essential to psychoanalytic feminism as the atmosphere.” —Jessica Benjamin, author of The Bonds of Love