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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2010

E 397N • Colonialism and Psychoanalysis

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Course Description

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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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