TITLE

"Crazy for This Democracy": Postwar Psychoanalysis, African American Blues Narratives, and the Lafargue Clinic

AUTHOR(S)
Stewart, Catherine A.
PUB. DATE
June 2013
SOURCE
American Quarterly;Jun2013, Vol. 65 Issue 2, p371
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the Lafargue Clinic, a mental health clinic in Harlem, New York City which served African-American patients during the mid-20th century. It references cultural scholar Clyde Woods' concept of blues epistemology. Particular focus is given to the clinic's use of case history and social psychiatry methods to help African Americans understand their problems as originating in social inequalities rather than personal or racial inferiority. Details on the roles of self-narrative in psychoanalysis and in blues music are presented. The writings of authors Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Zora Neale Hurston are also discussed.
ACCESSION #
88379339

 

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