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- DescriptionUsing a psychoanalytic approach, the author assesses the consequences of judging persons of color by an impure gaze that undermines their humanity and psychological health. Color Struck Under the Gaze examines the characters in the plays of Georgia Douglas Johnson (1880-1966), Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), Alice Childress (1916-1994), and Adrienne Kennedy (1931- ). The author employs the theories of Kristeva, Freud, Lutz, Foucault, Lacan, and Laing to support a psychoanalytic approach that penetrates beneath the surface of the characters, exposing the pathologies therein. A fascinating look at race and perception, this book includes unpublished excerpts from the works of Georgia Douglas Johnson and Zora Neale Hurston. The identity of the characters, their authors, and their place in the world, is threatened by a division of self, which, the author argues, can lead to schozophrenia, depression, neurasthenia, and paraia. The resulting identity confusion and personality fragmentation, Bower asserts, pervade the characters' psyches as they are manipulated and judged, t only by a white male hierarchical gaze, but also by the gaze of men and women of their own race who privilege light skin over dark. Bower argues that the schizoid attitudes towards racial differences have t measurably changed.
- Author BiographyMARTHA GILMAN BOWER is a Professor of Graduate Drama, Psychoanalytic Theory and 20th Century American Literature at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
- Author(s)Martha Gilman Bower
- Date of Publication30/12/2003
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight399 g
- Width161 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine18 mm
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