Sympathy and Denial

A Postcolonial Re-reading of Emotions, Race, and Hierarchy

in Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques
Author: Alice Bullard
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This essay uses transference, in the psychoanalytic sense, to illuminate the history of emotions in the era of late imperialism. Centered on Frantz Fanon's rejoinder to Octave Mannoni's dependency theory and his rejection of Freud's theory of the Oedipal complex, this essay provides as well a broader scholarly understanding of French psychiatry in North and West Africa, and the prominence therein of sympathy, magic, denial, and transference.

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