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Topics in Asian American Literature

ENGL 272.401
crosslisted as: ASAM 202
instructor(s):
Tuesday 1:30-4:30pm
fulfills requirements:
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major

This seminar will investigate the relationship between race and psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is often characterized as a theory concerning sexuality and sexual difference. However, we will explore how psychoanalysis might be repurposed to analyze problems of race and racial difference as well. Throughout the semester we will read classic theorists of psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, and Jacques Lacan) in order to establish a critical foundation for fundamental concepts in the field. We will also read a number of critical commentators and clinicians in order to rethink psychoanalysis within a larger global history of colonialism and race relations. In conjunction, we will examine various novels, films, and case histories focused on the social and psychic lives of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latino/as.