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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Deftly using psychoanalytic theory to expose the roots of racial identity, Cheng also demonstrates, through her compelling readings, the inextricability of politics and desire.

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

No trivia or quizzes yet. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. 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. Books aanne Anne Anlin Cheng.

Ferguson, that involved the problem alin racializing Asians in this country…. Her discussion ranges from “Flower Drum Song” to “M. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

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

Adriane rated it really liked it Dec 10, Remember me on this computer. The Melancholy of Race proposes that racial identification is itself already a melancholic act–a social category that is imaginatively supported through a dynamic of loss and compensation, by which the racial other is at once rejected and retained.


Log In Sign Up. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. In the next part of the chapter, Cheng discusses how this melancholy of race forms in America.

However, it would be a false accusation to ascribe the blame of racism solely to the racists.

The three cases are Plessy v. Using psychoanalytic theories on mourning and melancholia as inroads into her subject, Cheng offers a closely observed and carefully reasoned account hte the minority experience as expressed in works of art by, and about, Asian-Americans and African-Americans.

Linda Aanne and Helen Chao, the former is merely fantasy dominated by white ideals of female beauty while the latter expresses grief over the denial and repression of the Asian body. Race and the Writing of History Maghan Keita.

Christina Sin rated it liked it Jan 09, The Melancholy of Race should be read both for its acumen and for its politics. Cheng makes a strong case for considering melancholia as the term that best approaches effects of racial subjection and helps put those effects into critical dialogue.

Her discussion ranges from “Flower Drum Song” to “M. The apparent contradiction, however, is precisely what I find most appealing. Refresh and try again. Popular passages Page 4 – Such considerations apply with added force to children in grade and high schools.


Invisible Subjects Heidi Kim. Cheng’s investigation of the social and psychological injuries of racism is imaginative and uncompromising.

The Melancholy of Race

Both the racists and the white liberals are directly involved with the racial melancholic activity —an activity of expelling and maintaining. Chantal rated it really liked it Jul 12, 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. The Melancholy of Race: One of the best books I’ve ever read. Click here to sign up. Cheng asserts that only through the basic understanding of the complexity above can one continue the study of the racial minority: Nandita Kalra rated it really liked it Jul 24, Skip to main chng.

Identification, Race, and Community in Contemporary 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 rzce and ethnicity in literature and psychoanalysis.

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