Martin Jay  

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"Simultaneously, Robert Briffault's The Mothers: A Study of the Origins of Sentiments and Institutions (1927) aroused considerable interest. In psychoanalytic circles, matriarchal theory was also being given new consideration. Wilhelm Reich was among the first to do so. By 1933 he was able to write in The Mass Psychology of Fascism that matriarchy was the only genuine family type of "natural society." Fromm was also one of the most active advocates of matriarchal theory. In 1932 ..." --The Dialectical Imagination, Martin Jay, 1973

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Martin Jay (born 1944) is the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a renowned intellectual historian and his research interests have been groundbreaking in connecting history with other academic and intellectual activities, such as the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, other figures and methods in continental social theory, cultural criticism, and historiography among many others.

He received his B.A from Union College in 1965. In 1971, he completed his Ph.D. in History at Harvard under the tutelage of H. Stuart Hughes. His dissertation was later revised into the book The Dialectical Imagination, which covers the history of the Frankfurt School from 1923-1950. While he was conducting research for his dissertation, he established a correspondence and friendship with many of the members of the Frankfurt School. He was closest to Leo Löwenthal who had provided him access to personal letters and documents that were crucial to Jay's research (Löwenthal would later chair the sociology department at Berkeley). His book is considered one of the most influential works in exposing the American Academy to the theoretical insight of the Frankfurt School. His work since then continued to explore the many nuances of Marxism/socialism, as well as exploring new territory in historiography and cultural criticism, visual culture, and the place of post-structuralism/post-modernism in European intellectual history. His current research is nominalism and photography. He is a recipient of the 2010/2011 Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin.

He also has a regular column in the quarterly journal Salmagundi.

He is the husband of literary critic Catherine Gallagher.

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