Critical Conditions: Regarding the Historical Moment by Michael Hays

By Michael Hays

A major, masterfully performed contribution to the controversy surrounding the “New Historicism.”

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6. For a listing of many of the most important works, see the notes to Bercovitch, Ideology, 439-42. 7. Perhaps one can distinguish certain sorts of "American" feminism from some of the more theoretically inspired European versions by noting the difference between androand phallocentric. The latter term depends upon the Lacanian rereading of Freud in the light of semiotics; the former seems more empirically motivated, associated with anthropology. The difference is not universal, but see, in the context of Emily Dickinson and Adrienne Rich, Patrocinio Schweikart's prizewinning essay "Reading Ourselves: Toward a Feminist Theory of Reading," Gender and Reading (Baltimore: 1986), 31-62.

5 In proposing another, he turned to Jacques Lacan's project. Lacan explained the development of an infant's identity in terms of miming the coherent image of another. But while Lacan intended the description as an alternative to the oedipal model (which recently had been appropriated by American ego psychologists), Fanon found in it an alternative explanation of the psychology of colonialism. Like the infant, the colonized organized his official identity by miming the language, customs, and judiciary system (what Lacan calls "les noms du peres") of the colonizers.

Settlement of Damages," 28. 30. " See Selections from the Prison Notebooks, ed. and trans. Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith (New York: 1971), 106-8. 31. Selections from the Prison Notebooks,59. See also Partha Chatterjee's comments on "passive revolution" inNationalistndheColonialWorl(London: 1983), esp. 50-52. Notes Toward a Politics of "American" Criticism 19 32. On some of the dangers in certain historicist projects see Donald E. Pease, "Greenblatt, Colonialism, and New Historicism," Some Consequences of Theory, ed.

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