The American Optic

The American Optic

Psychoanalysis, Critical Race Theory, and Richard Wright

eBook - 2009
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Univ of New York Press
Brings together critical race theory and psychoanalysis to examine African American and other diasporic African cultural texts.

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Tuhkanen (English and Africana studies, Texas A&M University) invites a rereading of twentieth-century African-American literature through the lens of Lancanian psychoanalysis. While he looks at several authors, the main focus is the early work of Richard Wright. Therefore, he discusses the place of Wright's work within the "White symbolic order" and the (in)visibility of the artist. He also examines the feminine in the work of Wright, Ellison and Lacan, an area often overlooked in Wright studies. For readers not familiar with Lacan's theories, Tuhkanen devotes the first chapter to an explanation of them and how they pertain to his study. He also elucidates much earlier criticism of psychoanalytic approaches to literary exegesis, especially in the Freudian sense. This is a dense, but ultimately rewarding book. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2009
ISBN: 9781438427737
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxv, 229 pages)


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