Description - Female Subjects in Black and White by Elizabeth Abel
Focusing on the racial dynamics of feminist interpretation, the essays in this collection question such issues as the primacy of sexual difference, the universal nature of psychoanalytic categories, and the role of race in the formation of identity. The essays offer new ways of approaching African American texts with the aim of reframing thinking about the contexts, discourses, and traditions of the American cultural landscape. Calling for the racialization of whiteness and claiming that the psychoanalytic theory should make room for competing discourses of spirituality and diasporic consciousness, these essays intend to bring together incompatibilities - as well as the transfomative possibilities - between white feminist and African American cultural formations.
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Abel
Elizabeth Abel is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley; her books include Virginia Woolf and the Fictions of Psychoanalysis. Barbara Christian is Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; her books include Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers. Helene Moglen is Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of Charlotte Bronte: The Self Conceived, and The Anxieties of Indeterminacy: Subjectivity, Sexuality, and the Emergence of the English Novel.