Gail A. Hornstein

Gail A. Hornstein, Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College and founding director of the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, has published widely in the areas of social and personality psychology and the history of psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. Her recent book, To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World: The Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann (New York: Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2000), the product of ten years of research and writing, is a biography of the psychotherapist fictionalized as "Dr. Fried" in Joanne Greenberg's "novel," I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. Professor Hornstein's current work centers on patient memoirs of mental illness, which she sees as a kind of protest literature, like slave narratives or witness testimonies. For the past five years, she has offered a course to psychology majors at Mount Holyoke (often co-taught with a colleague from the English department) whose sole texts are patient narratives. In a recent article, she noted: "Our students were fascinated. Nothing in their prior course work had even hinted at the idea that mental patients could be authorities on human psychology."

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