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Inhuman Citizenship – Traumatic Enjoyment and Asian American Literature - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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Inhuman Citizenship: Traumatic Enjoyment and Asian American Literature

Juliana Chang


This book claims that literary representations of Asian American domesticity may be understood as symptoms of America’s relationship to its national fantasies and to the “jouissance”—a Lacanian term signifying a violent yet euphoric shattering of the self—that both overhangs and underlies those fantasies. In the national imaginary, according to the text, racial subjects are often perceived as the source of jouissance, which they supposedly embody through their excesses of violence, sexuality, anger, and ecstasy—excesses that threaten to overwhelm the social order. To examine this argument that ... More

Keywords: Asian American domesticity, jouissance, Lacanian psychoanalysis, national imagery, social order, racism, trauma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816674435
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliana Chang, author
Associate Professor of English, Santa Clara University

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