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

Stewart, Catherine A.
June 2013
American Quarterly;Jun2013, Vol. 65 Issue 2, p371
Academic Journal
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.


Related Articles

  • "Love me like I like to be": The sexual politics of Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God," the Classic Blues, and the Black Women's Club Movement. Batker, Carol // African American Review;Summer98, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p199 

    Highlights the sexual subjectivity and political issues which faced Afro-American women in the early twentieth century, as portrayed in Zora Neale Hurston's novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God," the classic blues and the black women's club movement. Political and sexual issues faced by...

  • This Week In Black History.  // Jet;01/11/99, Vol. 95 Issue 6, p19 

    Reports on notable events that took place in black history for the week of January 11, 1998. William L. Dawson elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1943; Founding of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1970; Birth date of writer Zora Neale Hurston in 1901.

  • “How come you ain’t got it?”: Dislocation as Historical Act in Hurston’s Documentary Texts. Wagers, Kelley // African American Review;Summer/Fall2013, Vol. 46 Issue 2/3, p201 

    The article explores the historical methodology of author Zora Neale Hurston that combines documentation, art, and political action. The author reflects on African American cultural history and the representational practice of Hurston in anthropological texts such as "Mules and Men." Other...

  • This Week in Black History.  // New York Amsterdam News;1/10/2013, Vol. 104 Issue 2, p28 

    The article presents a timeline associated to the African Americans' history including the birth of writer Zora Neale Hurston in Alabama on January 7, 1891, the first reconstruction legislature on January 11, 1870, and the appointment of Robert Weaver as presidential cabinet on January 13, 1966.

  • "Roll yo' hips—don't roll yo' eyes": Angularity and Embodied Spectatorship in Zora Neale Hurston's Play, "Cold Keener." Cayer, Jennifer A. // Theatre Journal;Mar2008, Vol. 60 Issue 1, p37 

    As a student of Franz Boas, Zora Neale Hurston's performative response to her anthropological training is uniquely situated between theatre and anthropology. This essay focuses on her work as a playwright and lifelong pursuits in the theatre. It argues how Hurston's continual reworking of the...

  • Uncle Tom's Children Revisited. Ward Jr., Jerry W. // Valley Voices: A Literary Review;Fall2012, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p9 

    An essay is presented which explores the exchange of views of Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston about the book "Uncle Tom's Children." It says that Wright was critical of Hurston's uncontrolled emotions to the extent of ignoring the impact of racism in the novel. Meanwhile, Hurston expressed...

  • "Uncle Tom's Children" Revisited. Ward, Jr., Jerry W. // Papers on Language & Literature;Fall2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p343 

    This article discusses the 1938 book "Uncle Tom's Children" by African American author Richard Wright. In particular, an exchange between Wright and fellow author Zora Neale Hurston is examined, through book reviews each wrote of the other: Wright's review of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and...

  • FOUR GIANTS OF AMERICAN LITERATURE.  // New Crisis (15591603);Jan/Feb99, Vol. 106 Issue 1, p59 

    Presents biographies of some African American authors. Zora Neale Hurston; Richard Wright; Ralph Waldo Ellison; James Baldwin.

  • Heaven Is...Three African-American Literary Folktales. BISHOP, RUDINE SIMS; Bishop, Rudine Sims // Horn Book Magazine;Mar/Apr99, Vol. 75 Issue 2, p177 

    The article provides information on three African-American literary folktales about heaven. Featured titles include "Bubber Goes to Heaven," written by Arna Bontemps and illustrated by Daniel Minter, "What a Truly Cool World," written by Julius Lester and illustrated by Joe Cepeda, and "The...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics