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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (14 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674724860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674724860
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.2 x 23.9 cm
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A "tour de force". Lunbeck brilliantly tracks the decades-long transformation of narcissism from a complex Freudian concept to a master term of 1970s social critique. Along the way, she masterfully delineates the ways narcissism has been used to explain such culturally freighted phenomena as homosexuality, women s fashion, consumer culture, and youth revolt. This is social criticism at its best. --George Chauncey, Yale University

Who would have thought that narcissism in the US needed defending? From afar, it seems alive and well. [...] Elizabeth Lunbeck might well take issue with this diagnosis. Counter-intuitively she has written an impressively researched history of the idea of narcism in US intellectual and cultural life and found the concept unfairly maligned." --Times Higher Education

Lunbeck s energetic and rigorously research account of similar misinterpretations of psychoanalysis by the 1970s social critics is highly engaging. --Literary Review

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Elizabeth Lunbeck is Professor of the History of Science in Residence at Harvard University.

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