Chapter 27. African American Literature and Psychoanalysis

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. Arlene R. Keizer PhD Director Associate Professor of English

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch27

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Keizer, A. R. (2010) African American Literature and Psychoanalysis, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch27

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. University of California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188623

Online ISBN: 9781444323474



  • African American literature and psychoanalysis;
  • psychoanalysis - most influential theoretical trend in twentieth-century;
  • psychoanalytic theory - analyzing the literature of racialized ethnic minorities in the United States;
  • speculative, applied - two broad and occasionally overlapping categories;
  • speculative approach - characterizing published and unpublished works of African American writers and intellectuals;
  • Ellison's novel Invisible Man (1952) - African American exploration of the problems and possibilities of Freudian psychoanalytic theory;
  • concept of melancholia - informing new work on race and subjectivity;
  • major aspect of melancholia's value - space of contemplation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Notes

  • Bibliography