Three’s a Crowd: Stella’s Pregnancy and the Arrival of an “Other” in A Streetcar Named Desire
by Dan Jacobs, MD
This paper explores the difficulties that may arise for some men when their wives become pregnant. The advent of a child may threaten the intense marital dyadic relationship on which a man may depend. The author explores how this particular threat to a husband’s sense of security is manifest dramatically in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire. In this reading of the play, Stella’s pregnancy and Stanley‘s feelings about it lie at the heart of the drama.
International Journal of Applied Psychoanal Studies, 16:3, 174–180,
About the Author:
Dan Jacobs, MD, is a BPSI Training and Supervising Analyst and Director of our library. He is the author of The Distance from Home (2019), The Supervisory Encounter (1995), as well as numerous psychoanalytic articles and book reviews. Among his other publications are Edward Bibring Photographs the Psychoanalysts of His Time (1932-1938) (2005) and Grete Bibring: A Culinary Biography (2015).
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