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Taboo Subjects: Race, Sex, and Psychoanalysis
     

Taboo Subjects: Race, Sex, and Psychoanalysis

by Gwen Bergner
 

ISBN-10: 081664067X

ISBN-13: 9780816640676

Pub. Date: 03/20/2005

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

The foundation of psychoanalysis lies in the theory of the construction of sexual identity, but Bergner (English, West Virginia U.) suggests that such an approach can be useful understanding racial identity as well if one can move beyond the oedipal scenario and infant development into the sociopolitical sphere of racialization. Through readings of double

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The foundation of psychoanalysis lies in the theory of the construction of sexual identity, but Bergner (English, West Virginia U.) suggests that such an approach can be useful understanding racial identity as well if one can move beyond the oedipal scenario and infant development into the sociopolitical sphere of racialization. Through readings of double consciousness in Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Nella Larsen's Quicksand, Toni Morrison's Beloved, and William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Bergner "asks psychoanalysis to account for race as a constitutive factor of identity; to explore intersections of race, gender, and sexuality; to analyze how American ideologies of race and citizenship, in conjunction with a racial symbolic, work to produce racialized subjects; and to argue for the relevance of the unconscious to the politics of race." Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816640676
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
03/20/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: Primal Scenes of Double Consciousness 1. Who Is That Masked Woman? Gender and Frantz Fanon 2. Myths of Masculinity: Frederick Douglass and the Oedipus Complex 3. The Mulatto and the Miscegenation Taboo: Nella Larsen's Ambivalent Subject 4. Blackness and Class Difference in William Faulkner 5. Rites and Responsibilities: Toni Morrison and Object Relations Afterword: Biracial/Multiracial-New Subject? Notes Works Cited Index

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