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The melancholy of race

Author: Anne Anlin Cheng
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Series: Race and American culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this interdisciplinary study, Anne Anlin Cheng argues that we have to understand racial grief not only as the result of racism but also as a foundation for racial identity. 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
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Anlin Cheng
ISBN: 0195134036 9780195134032 0195151623 9780195151626
OCLC Number: 182008067
Description: xii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. The Melancholy of Race --
2. Beauty and Ideal Citizenship: Inventing Asian America in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song (1961) --
3. A Fable of Exquisite Corpses: Maxine Hong Kingston, Assimilation, and the Hypochondriacal Response --
4. Fantasy's Repulsion and Investment: David Henry Hwang and Ralph Ellison --
5. History in/against the Fragment: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha --
6. Difficult Loves: Anne Deavere Smith and the Politics of Grief.
Series Title: Race and American culture.
Other Titles: Psychoanalysis, assimilation, and hidden grief
Responsibility: Anne Anlin Cheng.

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We are a nation at ease with grievance but not with grief,' writes Anne Cheng in this probing and complex analysis of the processes by which we are all socialized into race. Through a wonderfully Read more...

 
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