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The Melancholy of Race

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In this groundbreaking, 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 compensa ...more
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Published November 6th 2000 by Oxford University Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Ayanna Dozier
Feb 02, 2015 Ayanna Dozier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've ever read. Anne Anlin Cheng is a gifted writer and academic. Every sentence is weighted with meaning and theory and yet doesn't come off as too complex of a read. I'm excited to read her recent book on Josephine Baker. Also, as someone who has a complex relationship with psychoanalysis , Cheng does a marvelous job at negotiating the generative elements of psychoanalysis (like melancholia and anxiety) while critiquing Freud and Lacan. Cheng only uses it to her benefit a ...more
Gabriel Oak
May 19, 2014 Gabriel Oak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent work of scholarship. I should have read this five years ago. Cheng's study of psychoanalysis and race is elegantly written and persuasively argued.
Brandon
Nov 12, 2013 Brandon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There need to be more books with this critical approach. A godsend.
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This was outstanding. I couldn't put it down.
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Anne Anlin Cheng is Professor of English and African American Literature at Princeton University. She specializes in twentieth-century literature and visual culture. She received her B.A. in English and Creative Writing at Princeton, her Masters in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of California at Berkeley. She teaches a ...more
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