Postcolonial Theory and Psychoanalysis: From Uneasy Engagements to Effective Critique

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What kind of theoretical engagement can postcolonial theory have with psychoanalysis? Is psychoanalysis still a useful tool for understanding the cultural and psychological dimensions of colonial societies? What would it mean to truly place psychoanalysis in the service of postcolonial critique?

Postcolonial Theory and Psychoanalysis answers these questions through a critical examination of the work of critics such as Fanon, Nandy, Bhabha, Deleuze and Guattari. It includes a ...

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Overview

What kind of theoretical engagement can postcolonial theory have with psychoanalysis? Is psychoanalysis still a useful tool for understanding the cultural and psychological dimensions of colonial societies? What would it mean to truly place psychoanalysis in the service of postcolonial critique?

Postcolonial Theory and Psychoanalysis answers these questions through a critical examination of the work of critics such as Fanon, Nandy, Bhabha, Deleuze and Guattari. It includes a consideration of key works by each critic, explores their broader reasons for using psychoanalysis in terms of their own theoretical projects as well as in relation to each other and discusses the problems that follow.

Greedharry's book offers students and researchers alike a clear account of why psychoanalysis has been an important method for postcolonial scholarship as well as suggestions about how we might move forward from psychoanalytic readings of the colony.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780230521636
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Of Two Minds: The Uneasy Relationship between Postcolonial Theory and Psychoanalysis 1

1 The Fanonian Psychoanalytic 15

2 'None of them is true but all of them are realities': Ashis Nandy's Psychology of Resistance 44

3 Homi Bhabha and the Psychoanalytic Truth 73

4 Anti-dote: Deleuze and Guattari's Critique of Psychoanalysis 105

5 Reshaping Postcolonial Relations with Psychoanalysis 135

Notes 159

Bibliography 173

Index 180

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