The American Optic

The American Optic : Psychoanalysis, Critical Race Theory, and Richard Wright

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The American Optic charts new territory in the relationship of psychoanalysis to critical race studies. Focusing on the work of Richard Wright and Jacques Lacan, it explore the political and ethical implications of psychoanalysis for African American and other diasporic African cultural texts. Mikko Tuhkanen develops a theory of "racialization" that recasts the genealogy of the Western concept of racial difference as outlined by critical race theory, through the theory of the real, which Lacan developed in his later work. By engaging a wide array of resources--including the work of W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, and Frantz Fanon, as well as nineteenth-century slave narratives and studies of blackface minstrelsy--Tuhkanen not only illuminates the unexpectedly rich connections between Lacanian psychoanalysis and black literary and cultural studies, but also demonstrates the ways in which the artistic and political traditions of the African diaspora allow us to reinvent the Lacanian ethics of becoming.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 255 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 363g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 3
  • 1438427646
  • 9781438427645

About Mikko Tuhkanen

Mikko Tuhkanen is Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University.
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