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This thought-provoking cultural history explores how psychoanalytic theories shaped the works of important African American literary figures. Badia Sahar Ahad details how Nella Larsen, Richard Wright, Jean Toomer, Ralph Ellison, Adrienne Kennedy, and Danzy Senna employed psychoanalytic terms and conceptual models to challenge notions of race and racism in twentieth-century America._x000B__x000B_Freud Upside Down explores the relationship between these authors and intellectuals and the psychoanalytic movement emerging in the United States over the course of the twentieth century. Examining how psychoanalysis has functioned as a cultural phenomenon within African American literary intellectual communities since the 1920s, Ahad lays out the historiography of the intersections between literature and psychoanalysis and considers the creative approaches of African American writers to psychological thought in their work and their personal lives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. The Politics and Production of Interiority in the Messenger Magazine (1922-23)
  2. pp. 13-38
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  1. 2. The Anxiety of Birth in Nella Larsen's Quicksand
  2. pp. 39-59
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  1. 3. Art's Imperfect End: Race and Gurdjieff in Jean Toomer's "Transatlantic"
  2. pp. 60-81
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  1. 4. "A genuine cooperation": Richard Wright's and Ralph Ellison's Psychoanalytic Conversations
  2. pp. 82-109
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  1. 5. Maternal Anxieties and Political Desires in Adrienne Kennedy's Dramatic Circle
  2. pp. 110-131
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  1. 6. Racial Sincerity and the Biracial Body in Danzy Senna's Caucasia
  2. pp. 132-154
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  1. Postscript
  2. pp. 155-159
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-176
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 177-188
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 189-195
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252090004
Related ISBN
9780252035661
MARC Record
OCLC
710888822
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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