Freud is often accused of eurocentrism - of making unjustifiable generalizations on the basis of European family structures. Although French Caribbean intellectuals such as Fanon, Césaire and Glissant have joined in these criticisms, they have also made strikingly positive use of psychoanalysis. Much intellectual energy has been invested in notions of repression, the Oedipus complex and the psychoanalytic cure, while at the same time Freudianism has been no less vigorously criticized for its political quietism and its potential as a means of social control. Thus Freudian theory, and the controversies it arouses, remains a surprisingly persistent cultural element. The crucial issue is the link between the unconscious and race. In this groundbreaking study, Britton looks a the different ways in which Freudian psychoanalysis has been incorporated into arguments about racial identity and difference in the French Caribbean.
About the Author
Celia Britton is Professor of French at University College London. She has published widely on French Caribbean literature, in particular on the work of Edouard Glissant, and on the Nouveau Roman.