Risking Difference: Identification, Race, and Community in Contemporary Fiction and Feminism

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SUNY Press, Jun 17, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 286 pages
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Risking Difference revisions the dynamics of multicultural feminist community by exploring the ways that identification creates misrecognitions and misunderstandings between individuals and within communities. Drawing on Lacanian psychoanalysis, Jean Wyatt argues not only that individual psychic processes of identification influence social dynamics, but also that social discourses of race, class, and culture shape individual identifications. In addition to examining fictional narratives by Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, and others, Wyatt also looks at nonfictional accounts of cross-race relations by white feminists and feminists of color.
 

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Contents

I Want to Be You
1
Totalizing Identifications
19
The Politics of Envy in Academic Feminist Communities and in Margaret Atwoods The Robber Bride
20
I Want You To Be Me ParentChild Identification in D H Lawrences The Rainbow and Carolyn Kay Steedmans Landscape for a Good Woman
42
Identification with the Trauma of Others Slavery Collective Trauma and the Difficulties of Representation in Toni Morrisons Beloved
66
Structures of Identification in the Visual Field
85
Race and Idealization in Toni Morrisons Tar Baby and in White Feminist CrossRace Fantasies
86
Luring the Gaze Desire and Interpellation in Sandra Cisneross Woman Hollering Creek Anne Tylers Saint Maybe Angela Carters The Magic Toyshop...
119
Disidentification and Border Negotiations of Gender in Sandra Cisneross Woman Hollering Creek
145
Heteropathic Identifications
169
Toward CrossRace Dialogue Cherrie Moraga Gloria Anzaldua and the Psychoanalytic Politics of Community
170
The Challenges of Infant Research and Neurobiology to Traditional Models of Primary Identification
192
Notes
209
Works Cited
251
Index
275
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Page iv - 1 In the individual's mental life someone else is invariably involved, as a model, as an object, as a helper, as an opponent; and so from the very first, individual psychology, in this extended but entirely justifiable sense of the words, is at the same time social psychology.

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Jean Wyatt is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental College and the author of Reconstructing Desire: The Role of the Unconscious in Women's Reading and Writing.

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