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Dimen, M. (2005). Dark continents: Psychoanalysis and colonialism by Ranjana Khanna Durham, NC: Duke U Press. 2003. 310 pp.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 86(1):217-221.

(2005). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 86(1):217-221

Dark continents: Psychoanalysis and colonialism by Ranjana Khanna Durham, NC: Duke U Press. 2003. 310 pp.

Review by:
Muriel Dimen

Even though this book bears traces of the obscure syntax and language often favored by academic postmodernism, still it has a lot to teach. It documents a cultural conversation of which psychoanalysis in general was, early on, a critical part. Through its pages parade 150 years of socially engaged intellectual thought: Marx, Freud, Ferenczi and Gramsci; Sartre, Mannoni, Memmi, Fanon, Aimé and Suzanne Césaire, and de Beauvoir; Baldwin, Malraux and Malcolm X; Lacan, Foucault, Derrida and Spivak. Viewing colonialism psychoanalytically, the book also ‘reads’ psychoanalysis historically.

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