Risking Difference: Identification, Race, and Community in Contemporary Fiction and Feminism [NOOK Book]

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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...
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791484883
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 432 KB

Meet the Author

Jean Wyatt is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental College and the author of Reconstructing Desire: The Role of the Unconscious in Women’s Reading and Writing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : I want to be you 1
Pt. I Totalizing identifications 19
1 The politics of envy in academic feminist communities and in Margaret Atwood's The robber bride 20
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 woman 42
3 Identification with the trauma of others : slavery, collective trauma, and the difficulties of representation in Toni Morrison's Beloved 66
Pt. II Structures of identification in the visual field 85
4 Race and idealization in Toni Morrison's Tar baby and in white feminist cross-race fantasies 86
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 golden 119
6 Disidentification and border negotiations of gender in Sandra Cisneros's Woman Hollering Creek 145
Pt. III Heteropathic identifications 169
7 Toward cross-race dialogue : Cherrie Moraga, Gloria Anzaldua, and the psychoanalytic politics of community 170
The challenges of infant research and neurobiology to traditional models of primary identification 192
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