The Ethics of Impossibility
Mikko Tuhkanen, The American Optic: Psychoanalysis, Critical Race Theory and Richard Wright, Albany: State of New York University Press, 2009.
Stephen D. Seely
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
This essay reviews Mikko Tuhkanen’s The American Optic: Psychoanalysis, Critical Race Theory and Richard Wright through the theme of impossibility. The essay investigates Tuhkanen’s staging of several seemingly impossible encounters: that between psychoanalysis and critical race theory, that between sexual and racial difference, and that between Lacanian configurations of the Symbolic order and an ethics of transformation and becoming.
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