Psychoanalysis and Black Novels: Desire and the Protocols of Race

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Although psychoanalytic theory is one of the most potent and influential tools in contemporary literary criticism, to date it has had very little impact on the study of African American literature. Critical methods from the disciplines of history, sociology, and cultural studies have dominated work in the field. Now, in this exciting new book by the author of Domestic Allegories: The Black Heroine's Text at the Turn of the Century, Claudia Tate demonstrates that psychoanalytic paradigms can produce rich and ...

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Overview

Although psychoanalytic theory is one of the most potent and influential tools in contemporary literary criticism, to date it has had very little impact on the study of African American literature. Critical methods from the disciplines of history, sociology, and cultural studies have dominated work in the field. Now, in this exciting new book by the author of Domestic Allegories: The Black Heroine's Text at the Turn of the Century, Claudia Tate demonstrates that psychoanalytic paradigms can produce rich and compelling readings of African American textuality. With clear and accessible summaries of key concepts in Freud, Lacan, and Klein, as well as deft reference to the work of contemporary psychoanalytic critics of literature, Tate explores African- American desire, alienation, and subjectivity in neglected novels by Emma Kelley, W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, and Nella Larsen. Her pioneering approach highlights African American textual realms within and beyond those inscribing racial oppression and modes of black resistance. A superb introduction to psychoanalytic theory and its applications for African American literature and culture, this book creates a sophisticated critical model of black subjectivity and desire for use in the study of African American texts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195096835
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Race and American Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction: Black Textuality and Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism 3
1 Fantasizing Plenitude: Re-Reading Desire in Megda 22
2 Race and Desire: Dark Princess, A Romance 47
3 Rage, Race, and Desire: Savage Holiday 86
4 Desire and Death: Seducing the Lost Father in Quicksand 119
5 Mourning, Humor, and Reparation: Detecting the Joke in Seraph on the Suwanee 148
Conclusion: Plenitude in Black Textuality 178
Notes 191
Bibliography 213
Index 229
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