Entry from US English dictionary
Existing or occurring before the onset of the Oedipal phase of development. See Oedipus complex.
- This divided subject, unable to regain the plenitude of the pre-Oedipal phase, is nonetheless condemned to an indefinite and impossible search for unity which is the very condition of desire.
- According to the feminist psychoanalyst Nancy Chodorow, female children in particular strive to uphold the unity with their mother even after the pre-Oedipal phase.
- Victimhood, innocence, pre-Oedipal desire, and pseudo-divine feminine intuition are, she argues, neither grounds for insight, nor suitable bases for a responsible feminist politics.
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