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By Ranjana Khanna

Sigmund Freud infamously spoke of women's sexuality as a “dark continent” for psychoanalysis, drawing on colonial explorer Henry Morton Stanley’s use of an identical word to consult Africa. whereas the not easy universalism of psychoanalysis led theorists to reject its relevance for postcolonial critique, Ranjana Khanna boldly exhibits how
bringing psychoanalysis, colonialism, and ladies jointly can develop into the start line of a postcolonial feminist idea. Psychoanalysis brings to mild, Khanna argues, how nation-statehood for the previous colonies of Europe institutes the violence of eu imperialist background. faraway from rejecting psychoanalysis, Dark Continents finds its value as a studying perform that makes seen the psychical strife of colonial and
postcolonial modernity. Assessing the advantages of varied types of nationalism, psychoanalysis, and colonialism, it refashions colonial depression as a transnational feminist ethics.

Khanna strains the colonial backgrounds of psychoanalysis from its beginnings within the overdue 19th century as much as the current. Illuminating Freud’s debt to the languages of archaeology and anthropology all through his profession, Khanna describes how Freud altered his theories of the ego as his personal political prestige shifted from Habsburg loyalist to Nazi sufferer. Dark Continents explores how psychoanalytic idea used to be taken up in Europe and its colonies within the interval of decolonization following international conflict II, targeting its use by way of a number of writers together with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Octave Mannoni, goalé and Suzanne Césaire, René Ménil, Frantz Fanon, Albert Memmi, Wulf Sachs, and Ellen Hellman. Given the a number of gendered and colonial contexts of a lot of those writings, Khanna argues for the need of a postcolonial, feminist critique of
decolonization and postcoloniality.

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