The Melancholy of Race
Psychoanalysis, Assimilation and Hidden Grief
By (author) Anne Anlin Cheng
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Melancholy of Race by Anne Anlin Cheng
Book DescriptionIn this groundbreaking, interdisciplinary study Anne A. Cheng argues that we have to understand racial grief not only as the result of racism but also as a foundation for racial identity. She proposes that racial identification is itself already a melancholy act - a social category that is imaginatively supported through a dynamic of loss and compensation, by which the racial other is at once rejected and retained, denigrated and idealized. Drawing upon history, literature and theatre - the book ranges from Rodgers and Hammerstein to David Henry Whang, Brown v. Board of Education to Anne Deveare Smith, Ralph Ellison to Maxine Hong Kingston - Cheng demonstrates that racial melancholia permeates our fantasies of citizenship, assimilation, and social health. A provocative look at a timely cultural dilemma, this study is essential reading for anyone interested in race studies, critical theory, or psychoanalysis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195134032
(244mm x 161mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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This text proposes that racial grief is a foundation for racial identity, suggesting that racial identification is itself already a melancholy act. It explores examples from culture and life to show how racial melancholia permeates our fantasies of citizenship, assimilation, and social health.
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Author Biography - Anne Anlin Cheng
Anne Anlin Cheng is Assistant Professor of English and American Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.
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