Jouissance as Ananda is a tour de force that delivers on all of the major issues suggested by its title. The masterful analyses of Irigaray and Brennan alone make this work an important contribution to feminist theory. In conjunction with the equally masterful analyses of Aurobindo and Tagore, Ashmita Khasnabish has succeede in creating a space around the ego in which East and West have taken significant steps closer to each other.This study is a groundbreaking analysis critiquing Western psychoanalysis from the author`s own unique Indian philosophical and psychoanalytical background. This juxtaposition of concepts results in a work of great insight clarity and focus.
Ashmita Khasnabish received a Ph.D. in english literature from Bowling green state University and has taught at Algonquin College Bentley college and quincy college. She is currently a visiting scholar at the brown University Pembroke centre for Teaching and Research on women and teaches writing and literature courses at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.