In this groundbreaking, interdisciplinary study Anne Anlin Cheng argues that we The Melancholy of Race proposes that racial identification is itself already a. The Melancholy of Race has 94 ratings and 4 reviews. Ayanna said: One of the best books I’ve ever read. Anne Anlin Cheng is a gifted writer and academic. Share to: The melancholy of race: psychoanalysis, assimilation and hidden grief / Anne Anlin Cheng. View the summary of this work. Bookmark.

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The Melancholy of Race: Psychoanalysis, Assimilation, and Hidden Grief by Anne Anlin Cheng

In other words, Anne Anlin Cheng’s book provides vocabulary for understanding the invisible aspects of race, particularly racial subjection, which tends to be ignored by the conventional politics of claiming grievances against racial injustice.

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She argues that the racial minority and dominant American culture both suffer from racial melancholia and that this insight is crucial to a productive reimagining of progressive politics. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Psychoanalysis, Assimilation, and Hidden Grief. The Melancholy of Race: Amne rated it it was amazing Aug 11, Return to Book Page.

The Melancholy of Race: Psychoanalysis, Assimilation, and Hidden Grief

The ghostly characterization is apt for a racial category that tends to be obscured by black and white grievances against each other’s racial positions. Instead of being content with her discovery of the historical origin and possible social and psychical paths of racial melancholia, Cheng, by discussing Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eyefurther explores the subjectivity of the melanchoky object and its contribution to the study of the racialized subjects in the next part of the chapter.

The Melancholy of Race: Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Using psychoanalytic theories on mourning and melancholia melaancholy inroads into her subject, Cheng offers a closely observed and carefully reasoned account of the minority experience as expressed in works of art by, and about, Asian-Americans and African-Americans.


Help Center Find new research papers in: This tendency is not hard to understand since dehumanization has long been the tool of discrimination.

Board of Education to Anna Deavere Smith’s “Twilight,” and Invisible Man to The Chenb Warriorin the process demonstrating that racial melancholia permeates our fantasies of citizenship, assimilation, and social health. Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other “tangible” factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities?

In her point of view, literature can be one abne the locations of this socially and psychically complicated nexus. Anin Hoang rated it did not like it Oct 03, The book’s discussion of “racial melancholia” clarifies the psychological terms organizing the dynamics of race and what politics can be voiced based on anljn dynamics.

Cheng’s investigation of the social and psychological injuries of racism is imaginative and uncompromising.

If measured against the work of Anne Anlin Cheng, Asian-American literature is not only alive and thriving, but in the midst of a renaissance. The Melancholy of Race.

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In other words, Cheng helps reiterate what many race theorists including Spivak know to be illusory about racial categories while turning attention from causes of subjection e.

In other words, the chapters follow the subject from being stuck in moments of grievance to moments in which grief becomes a nexus, or keyword, for alternative open-ended understanding of racial injustice as a problem of identity formation. The Melancholy of Race proposes that racial identification is itself already a melancholic act–a social category There need to be more books with this critical approach. Ferguson, that involved the problem of racializing Asians in this country.

The Melancholy of Race proposes that racial identification is itself already a melancholic act–a social category that is og supported through a wnne of loss and compensation, by which the racial other is at once rejected and retained. Her investigations reveal the common interests that social, legal, and literary histories of race have always shared with psychoanalysis, and situates Asian-American and African-American identities in relation to one another within the larger process of American racialization.


References to this book Professing Performance: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Refresh and try again. However, Asians and Asian Americans are not merely obscured; they are also used to discipline other racialized groups, especially blacks. That Cheng succeeds, I think, is evident in her analogy between Asian American experience of assimilation and hypochondria as a symptom of racial grief. Unlike recent popular notions of hybridity and multiplicity e. As Cheng aniln, this discomfort relates not only to race, but also to gender, which might be overlooked or minimized.

Turning to self-love has Cheng understandably turn to Walt Whitman where lyrical roots of American meloncholia as political praxis appear To further exemplify her idea, Cheng quotes Michael Rogin and Thomas Cneng words to demonstrate the ambivalence and entanglement within the dominant white American identity in melancholia. Without Copyrights Robert Spoo. Contact Contact Us Help.

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Well before Brown, there was a series of key rulings in school segregation, in addition to the well-known Plessy v. Psychoanalysis, Assimilation, and Hidden Grief review. Gloria rated it liked it Nov 26, Her discussion of race theory goes far beyond the often muddled binary discussion of racialized difference, historical chronology, or sociological case study, offering a new view of race and ethnicity in literature and psychoanalysis.

Be the first to ask a question about The Melancholy of Race. She introduces three cases related to educational segregation to demonstrate the historical progress of racial equality in the United States.

Anne Anlin Cheng is a gifted writer and academic.

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