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Straker, G. (2017). Wishing to Be White: Begging to Be Black. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(1):36-42.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(1):36-42

Wishing to Be White: Begging to Be Black

Gillian Straker, Ph.D.

With race in mind, in this response the author draws on her own experiences of exilic consciousness, racial melancholia, whiteness, dissociation, and self-censorship to dialogue with Yvette Esprey. The author explores the issue of voice and how this is affected by context. The notions of the normative unconscious, K (nots), and the anti-analytic third are differentiated from one another. The relative weight given in the literature to unconscious processes such dissociation as opposed to more conscious self-censorship is explored in theory and with reference to Esprey’s case studies.

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