Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism

Author(s) : Ranjana Khanna

Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism

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  • Publisher : Duke UP
  • Published : 2003
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 90283
  • ISBN 13 : 9780822330677
  • ISBN 10 : 0822330679
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Sigmund Freud infamously referred to womens sexuality as a dark continent for psychoanalysis, drawing on colonial explorer's Henry Morton Stanley's use of the same phrase to refer to Africa. While the problematic universalism of psychoanalysis led theorists to reject its relevance for postcolonial critique, Ranjana Khanna boldly shows how bringing psychoanalysis, colonialism, and women together can become the starting point of a postcolonial feminist theory.

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"Ranjana Khanna articulates and outlines a transnational feminist ethics. Such an ethics is badly needed and awaited with eagerness by many. Dark Continents is, indeed, a terrific integration of psychoanalytic thought with postcolonial and feminist politics by way of a critical intimacy with the combined ethics of ambiguity and difference" - Mieke Bal, University of Amsterdam

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Ranjana Khanna is Assistant Professor of English and Literature and Affiliate in Women's Studies at Duke University.

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