This chapter exposes the shadowy presence of non-Oedipal counterthesis in the cultural texts on religion. Religion is not only the subject of the texts in which the counterthesis emerges most vividly, it is also part of the counterthesis itself. The counterthesis intrudes into Freud's texts in three ways. Some intrusions interrupt and subvert an Oedipal analysis. Others explicitly acknowledge the limitations of the Oedipal paradigm. Still others tentatively and hesitantly begin to develop non-Oedipal analyses. The introduction situates the project in relation to other feminist responses to Freud in religious studies. In addition, it describes the tenacity of the Oedipal master plot in Freud's work and suggests how his incompletely developed counterthesis enables a feminist analysis and critique of misogyny and xenophobia in culture and the unconscious. The introduction briefly discusses feminism, Freud, and the study of religion; the unconscious in body, psyche, and culture & the tenacity of the Oedipal masterplot.
Keywords: Oedipal masterplot; misogyny; non-Oedipal counterthesis; religion; xenophobia; feminism
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