By Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks
Needing Whiteness offers a compelling new interpretation of ways we comprehend race. Race is usually obvious to be a social building. however, we proceed to installation race considering in our lifestyle as a fashion of telling humans aside visually. How do matters turn into raced? Is it logic to learn our bodies as racially marked? making use of Lacan's theories of the topic and sexual distinction, Seshadri-Crooks explores how the discourse of race parallels that of sexual distinction in making racial id a primary portion of our pondering. via shut readings of literary and movie texts, Seshardi-Crooks additionally investigates even if race is a process of distinction both made up our minds through Whiteness. She argues that it truly is on the subject of Whiteness that structures of racial class are geared up, endowing it with an influence to form human distinction.
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Extra info for Desiring Whiteness: A Lacanian Analysis of Race (Opening Out)
What the unconscious also registers is the lack or the desire of the subject that can never be fully expressed in language. “The unconscious is, in the subject, a schism of the symbolic system, a limitation, an alienation induced by the symbolic system” (I: 196). This discovery of fundamental disjunction in the subject, that he/she merely marks a place between signifiers in a chain of signifiers, is the aim of analysis. The subject goes well beyond what is experienced “subjectively” by the individual, exactly as far as the truth he is able to attain….
This disposes of the paradox presented by the concept of the unconscious if it is related to an individual reality. (E: 49–50) Thus the unconscious is to be conceived not so much as an individual construct as an entity that bridges the subject to the general economy of signification. In other words, the necessary insertion of the subject into language implies his/ her subjection to the general or shared universe of signifiers, which must come to represent one’s desire. 10 It follows then, that desire is always desire of the Other.
The subject goes well beyond what is experienced “subjectively” by the individual, exactly as far as the truth he is able to attain…. Yes, this truth of his history is not all contained in his script, and yet the place marked there by the painful shock he feels from knowing only his own lines, and not simply there, but also in pages whose disorder gives him little comfort. (E: 55) In the deployment of Lacan’s theory of the subject of the symbolic to “the subject of race,” it is necessary to inquire what the subject of race desires.
Desiring Whiteness: A Lacanian Analysis of Race (Opening Out) by Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks