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Race and the Unconscious: Freudianism in French Caribbean Thought (Paperback)
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Race and the Unconscious: Freudianism in French Caribbean Thought (Paperback)

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Paperback 124 Pages / Published: 01/11/2002
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Freud is often accused of eurocentrism - of making unjustifiable generalizations on the basis of European family structures. Although French Caribbean intellectuals such as Fanon, Cesaire 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 at the different ways in which Freudian psychoanalysis has been incorporated into arguments about racial identity and difference in the French Caribbean.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781900755689
Number of pages: 124
Weight: 181 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 9 mm


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In this original, succinct, and highly relevant book, Celia Britton ... traces the various distortions and reformulations of Freudian thought within the Antillean context. ... The book combines intricate close reading with in-depth knowledge of the psychoanalytic field, and this brief but punchy sequence of arguments successfully points the way towards further questioning and research in a rich and complex area.--Jane Hiddleston "Modern Language Review, 100.2, 2005, 515 "
Fascinating essay ... Britton does not so much draw a conclusion as bring the argument to a point of (provisional) closure. But it is equally her triumph to be in a position to point to certain stable notions.--Belinda Jack "French Studies, LVIII.3, 2004, 438-9 "
A succinct, tightly-argued study... Britton s reading of this already much-interpreted and misinterpreted text [Peau noire, masques blancs] is complex and original.--Sam Haigh "Journal of Romance Studies, 6.3, 2006, 127-35 ""

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