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Risking Difference: Identification, Race, and Community in Contemporary Fiction and Feminism
     

Risking Difference: Identification, Race, and Community in Contemporary Fiction and Feminism

by Jean Wyatt
 

ISBN-10: 0791461270

ISBN-13: 9780791461273

Pub. Date: 06/17/2004

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Risking Difference revisions the dynamics of multicultural feminist community by exploring the ways that identification creates misrecognitions and misunderstandings between individuals and within communities. Drawing on Lacanian psychoanalysis, Jean Wyatt argues not only that individual psychic processes of identification influence social dynamics, but also that

Overview

Risking Difference revisions the dynamics of multicultural feminist community by exploring the ways that identification creates misrecognitions and misunderstandings between individuals and within communities. Drawing on Lacanian psychoanalysis, Jean Wyatt argues not only that individual psychic processes of identification influence social dynamics, but also that social discourses of race, class, and culture shape individual identifications. In addition to examining fictional narratives by Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, and others, Wyatt also looks at nonfictional accounts of cross-race relations by white feminists and feminists of color.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791461273
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/17/2004
Series:
SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory Series
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: I Want to Be You1
Part I.Totalizing Identifications19
1.The Politics of Envy in Academic Feminist Communities and in Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride20
2.I Want You To Be Me: Parent-Child Identification in D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow and Carolyn Kay Steedman's Landscape for a Good Woman42
3.Identification with the Trauma of Others: Slavery, Collective Trauma, and the Difficulties of Representation in Toni Morrison's Beloved66
Part II.Structures of Identification in the Visual Field85
4.Race and Idealization in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby and in White Feminist Cross-Race Fantasies86
5.Luring the Gaze: Desire and Interpellation in Sandra Cisneros's "Woman Hollering Creek," Anne Tyler's Saint Maybe, Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop, and Margaret Drabble's Jerusalem the Golden119
6.Disidentification and Border Negotiations of Gender in Sandra Cisneros's Woman Hollering Creek145
Part III.Heteropathic Identifications169
7.Toward Cross-Race Dialogue: Cherrie Moraga, Gloria Anzaldua, and the Psychoanalytic Politics of Community170
AppendixThe Challenges of Infant Research and Neurobiology to Traditional Models of Primary Identification192
Notes209
Works Cited251
Index275

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