The Poetics of Being Mad and Black: (Psycho)analyzing the Évolué

Chienyn Chi


I propose a new methodology of reading – psychopoetics – to interpret Césaire's long poem, Notebook. To better tailor this method to a specifically psychoanalytic and anti-colonial literary object, I draw on Charles Bernheimer, but I also borrow from other thinkers like Shoshanna Felman, Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon, Suzanne Césaire, and Paul de Man. I define psychopoetics as a way to examine the act of writing in psychoanalytical and rhetorical terms.


psychoanalysis, poetics, colonialism

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