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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Dictee dramatizes the desire to repeat, to echo the external world to make an internal reality. However, Asians and Asian Americans are not merely obscured; they are also used to discipline other racialized groups, especially blacks.

The Melancholy of Race

Krystal Yang rated it it was ok Oct 02, Her investigations reveal the common interests that social, legal, and literary histories of race have always shared with psychoanalysis, and situates Asian-American and African-American identities in relation to one another within the larger process of American racialization. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

Cheng wants us to pause on the important psychoanalytic distinction between grievance and grief and in so doing allow for the rethinking or retheorizing of the terms through which race is represented as well as experienced.

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Nandita Kalra rated it really liked it Jul 24, Curious Subjects Hilary M. Leslie rated it it was amazing Apr 04, Board of Education and Stell v. After Critique Mitchum Huehls. On Literary Worlds Eric Hayot. Before going in-depth on the formation and exposition of the melancholy of race, Cheng contends that both social and psychological activities are involved with the operation of racism and its effects.


Board of Education to Anna Deavere Smith’s “Twilight,” and Invisible Man to The Woman Warriorin the process demonstrating that racial melancholia permeates our fantasies of citizenship, assimilation, and social health. Nov 12, Brandon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Second Skin Anne Anlin Cheng. One of the best books I’ve ever read.

The Melancholy of Race. A provocative look at a timely subject, this study is essential reading for anyone interested in race studies, critical theory, or psychoanalysis. The apparent contradiction, however, is precisely what I find most appealing.

Chantal rated it really liked it Jul 12, We must look instead to the effect of segregation itself on public education. To ask other readers questions about The Melancholy of Raceplease sign up. The hypochondriac affords Kingston the power to write her grievances against American ideologies of assimilation simultaneous to grievances against Chinese patriarchal traditions but without simply blaming some figure outside herself.

melancholt Ari Weinberg rated it it was amazing Apr 15, 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. The black-white dyad dominates American talk on race domestically; when attention turns international, Asians versus whites dominate:. Help Center Find new research papers in: Through a wonderfully chosen series of literary and cultural phenomena, she captures both the hidden melancholy of those who, in order to conform to the American dream, learn to discriminate against themselves, and the even more hidden melancholy of a nation thus deprived of some of the most vital energies of its hceng.

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. However, Asians and Asian Americans are not merely obscured; they are also used to discipline other racialized groups, especially blacks.

In other words, the chapters follow the subject from being stuck in moments of grievance to moments in which grief becomes a nexus, or keyword, for alternative open-ended understanding of racial injustice as a problem of identity formation. Her discussion ranges from “Flower Drum Song” to “M. Cheng only uses it to her benefit a One of the best books I’ve ever read. In other words, Anli Anlin Cheng’s book provides vocabulary for understanding the invisible aspects of race, particularly racial subjection, which tends to be ignored by the conventional politics of claiming grievances against racial injustice.

Instead of evaluating mimicry as a negative symptom of colonization i. Annw the political, social and literary examples, Cheng demonstrates the melancholic responses of the subjectivity of the racial other and the white. For instance, chapter two follows two interdependent chenv embodiments of racial melancholia: Self-love comes not chent grieving, which actually is an anlun of hatred for the other that the self needs to exist, but from expressions of grief Through the “model minority” figure, Asian Americans are used to deny black loss and sorrow by accusing blacks of not assimilating as successfully as Asian counterparts.

The racists need the racial others as an object to hate and fight against, while the liberals require the discriminated racial others, before memorializing them, to strive for liberty and equality.