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Introduction to Reading "Race" Through Psychoanalysis
ENGL 290
Spring 2007
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 252, LAST 290

Although the idea of "race" no longer has any biological validity, it continues to function powerfully in American culture, fueling stereotypes and fantasies of racial and ethnic difference, but also providing important ways of creating one's identity. This course will provide an introduction to major psychoanalytical concepts that will help us to articulate how "race" functions. We will examine the concepts of narcissism, fetishism, trauma, and melancholia in works by Freud, Lacan, Fanon, and other theorists, and see how these ideas relate to a cross-cultural selection of literary works. Topics include racial grief, projective identification and stereotyping, testimony, questions of sexual difference, and whiteness.

Essential Capabilities: Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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