A foucauldian (genealogical) reading of whiteness: The production of the Black body/self and the racial pathology of pecola breedlove in Toni Morrison's the bluest eye
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Radical Philosophy Review 4 (1/2):1-29 (2001)
This article provides a Foucauldian analysis of whiteness as a philosophical, political, anthropological and epistemological regime, undergirded by a power/knowledge nexus, which shapes what it meansto embody whiteness vis-a-vis the Black body/self. As a specific historically constructed standpoint, one that takes itselfas a “universal” value, and through a genealogical reading, whiteness is revealed as akind of emergence (Entstehung), a reactive value-creating power which shapes how the Black body/self is disciplined and how the Black body/selfcomes to introject a self-denigrating episteme. This introjected episteme is explored as being fueled by white ressentiment. Coming under normalizing disciplinary techniques of whiteness, which is historically demonstrated, it is argued that Blacks carne to intemalize a form of self-ressentiment. Through the existentially rich narrative text of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the author shows that Pecola Breedlove, though a fictional character, is the racially distorted (and racially self-hating) product of certain contingent interpersonal and historical practices that once genealogically revealed create the possibility of radically dismantling their impact
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
George Yancy (2002). The Existential Dimensions of Frederick Douglass's Autobiographical Narrative: A Beauvoirian Examination. Philosophy and Social Criticism 28 (3):297-320.
Jami L. Anderson (2002). The White Closet. Social Philosophy Today 18:97-107.
Shannon Sullivan (2008). Whiteness as Wise Provincialism: Royce and the Rehabilitation of a Racial Category. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44 (2):pp. 236-262.
Jennifer Harvey (2011). White Protestants and Black Christians: The Absence and Presence of Whiteness in the Face of the Black Manifesto. Journal of Religious Ethics 39 (1):125-150.
David S. Owen (2007). Towards a Critical Theory of Whiteness. Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (2):203-222.
Melvin L. Rogers (2010). Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race (Review). Journal of Speculative Philosophy 24 (2):192-194.
George Yancy (2005). Whiteness and the Return of the Black Body. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 19 (4):215-241.
Robin James (2009). In but Not of, of but Not In: On Taste, Hipness, and White Embodiment. Contemporary Aesthetics 2 (Aesthetics and Race).
George Yancy (2004). A Foucauldian (Genealogical) Reading of Whiteness: The Production of the Black Body/Self and the Racial Deformation of Pecola Breedlove in Toni Morrison's the Bluest Eye. In What White Looks Like: African-American Philosophers on the Whiteness Question. Routledge
George Yancy (2001). A Foucauldian (Genealogical) Reading of Whiteness. Radical Philosophy Review 4 (1-2):1-29.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads8 ( #368,084 of 1,789,932 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #263,819 of 1,789,932 )
How can I increase my downloads?