Program in Comparative Literature

Neville Hoad

Associate ProfessorPh.D., 1998, Columbia University

Associate Professor of English
Neville Hoad



College: Liberal Arts

Home Department: English

Additional department affiliations: Asian-American Studies

Education: Ph.D., Columbia University

Research interests:Victorian feminism, psychoanalysis, (particularly Freud and Klein), contemporary feminist theory in French and English, lesbian and gay studies, queer theory, international human rights law pertaining to sexual orientations, sexuality and gender issues in Southern Africa

Courses taught:
E 376 L The Literature of African AIDS

E 360 L Introduction to South African Fiction in English

E 375 L Representations of the Mob in Victorian Fiction

E 324 K Victorian beauty


C L 382 • Colonialism And Psychoanalysis

33920 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 214
(also listed as E 397N)

Colonialism And Psychoanalysis

In this course, we will track the emergence of psychoanalysis in the context of the intellectual production of an Imperial nineteenth-century Europe, its deployment by key anti-colonial thinkers like Fanon to recent scholarly attempts to re-think the relationships between psychoanalysis and colonialism as historical contingency, complicity, political critique and more.

Readings may include:

  • Sigmund Freud: “Mourning and Melancholy,” “The Uncanny,” Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Totem and Taboo, The Ego and the Id, “Group Psychology and the Analysis of the ego.”
  • Melanie Klein: “Love, Guilt  and Reparation”
  • Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth  
  • Assia Djebar: Women of Algiers in their Apartment
  • Kaja Silverman: Male Subjectivity at the Margins
  • Ranjana Khanna: Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism
  • Wulf Sachs: Black Hamlet
  • Albert Memmi: The Colonizer and the Colonized
  • Chandra Chatterjee: Surviving Colonialism
  • Ashis Nandy:  The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism
  • Helene Cixous. “The Laugh of the Medusa”
  • Gayatri Spivak. “French Feminisms in an International Frame.”
  • Homi Bhabha. “Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse

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