By Celia Brickman

What half does racial distinction play in psychoanalysis? What will be realized whilst contemplating this question from a postcolonial standpoint? during this sophisticated and commanding research, Celia Brickman explores how the colonialist racial discourse of late-nineteenth-century anthropology came upon its approach into Freud´s paintings, the place it got here to play a covert yet the most important position in his notions of subjectivity. Brickman argues that the typical psychoanalytic thought of "primitivity" as an early degree of mental improvement inevitably consists of with it implications of an anthropologically understood "primitivity," which was once conceived by way of Freud -and maybe nonetheless is this day -in colonialist and racial phrases. She relates the racial subtext embedded in Freud´s notion to his representations of gender and faith and indicates how this subtext types a part of the bigger historicizing development of the psychoanalytic venture. ultimately, she exhibits how colonialist strains have made their manner into the...

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Whereas later chapters will attend to the ways Freud enlisted the category of primitivity and its associated ideas in his development of psychoanalysis and will investigate the resulting assumptions concerning racial/cultural difference embedded in the foundational texts of psychoanalysis, this chapter asks: What were the circumstances in which the meanings of the European figure of the primitive were elaborated? What roles did this figure play in the discursive frameworks that governed the European relationship with its cultural others?

Hence the racially ambiguous nature of the emancipatory intent of Freud’s project: his critique often retained the terms of the underlying assumptions it challenged. Because the concept of primitivity in psychoanalytic thought correlates a psychological with an anthropological meaning, it allows us to investigate how evolutionary and racially inflected anthropological assumptions found in Freud’s cultural works were absorbed into his metapsychological formulations to become constitutive elements of his representations of subjectivity.

Psychoanalysis and the Colonial Imagination: Evolutionary Thought in Freud’s Texts 3. Race and Gender, Primitivity and Femininity: Psychologies of Enthrallment 4. Historicizing Consciousness: Time, History, and Religion 5. Primitivity in the Analytic Encounter Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index ACKNOWLEDGMENTS While writing this book, I have often looked forward to the pleasure of being able to thank all the people whose learning, conversation, and support have contributed in a myriad of ways to its completion.

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