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Racial Castration, the first book to bring together the fields of Asian American studies and psychoanalytic theory, explores the role of sexuality in racial formation and the place of race in sexual identity. David L. Eng examines images—literary, visual, and filmic—that configure past as well as contemporary perceptions of Asian American men as emasculated, homosexualized, or queer.

Eng juxtaposes theortical discussions of Freud, Lacan, and Fanon with critical readings of works by Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Lonny Kaneko, David Henry Hwang, Louie Chu, David Wong Louie, Ang Lee, and R. Zamora Linmark. While situating these literary and cultural productions in relation to both psychoanalytic theory and historical events of particular significance for Asian Americans, Eng presents a sustained analysis of dreamwork and photography, the mirror stage and the primal scene, and fetishism and hysteria. In the process, he offers startlingly new interpretations of Asian American masculinity in its connections to immigration exclusion, the building of the transcontinental railroad, the wartime internment of Japanese Americans, multiculturalism, and the model minority myth. After demonstrating the many ways in which Asian American males are haunted and constrained by enduring domestic norms of sexuality and race, Eng analyzes the relationship between Asian American male subjectivity and the larger transnational Asian diaspora. Challenging more conventional understandings of diaspora as organized by race, he instead reconceptualizes it in terms of sexuality and queerness.

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A psychoanalytic study that argues for the centrality of sexuality in the construction of Asian-American identity, and of racial identity in general.

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David L. Eng is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and coeditor of Q & A: Queer in Asian America, winner of a 1998 Lambda Literary Award.

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ISBN:
9780822326366
Author:
Eng, David L.
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Judith Halberstam
Author:
Halberstam, Judith
Author:
Eng
Author:
Lowe, Lisa
Location:
Durham, NC
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Men's Studies - Masculinity
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Asian americans
Subject:
Race
Subject:
Masculinity
Subject:
Asian americans in literature
Subject:
Sex role -- United States.
Subject:
Men's studies
Subject:
Gender Studies-Mens Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 bandw photographs
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.5 in

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