Double Consciousness and Its Return: Amiri Baraka, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Catharsis’ Double - Lee Patrick Patterson - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Comunicazioni Sociali Vita e Pensiero

Double Consciousness and Its Return: Amiri Baraka, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Catharsis’ Double

digital Double Consciousness and Its Return: Amiri Baraka, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Catharsis’ Double
Article
journal COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI
issue COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2021 - 3. Theatres and Politics Today Lights and Shadows of a Long Relationship
title Double Consciousness and Its Return: Amiri Baraka, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Catharsis’ Double
Author
Publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 02-2022
doi 10.26350/001200_000133
issn 0392-8667 (print) | 1827-7969 (digital)
Write a comment for this product
€ 6.00

Ebook format Pdf readable on these devices:

This essay takes racism and race relations as a central theme, with a focus on Amiri Baraka’s “Dutchman.” In recognizing Amiri Baraka’s celebrated One-Act Play, “Dutchman” as, not a tragedy as normally conceived, but as a sacrifice ritual, this essay breaks dividing lines in dramatic genres by recognizing Artaudian Cruelty in the incitement of emotions associated with the Protest Play against the traditional model of the “purging” of emotions of pity and fear  associated with Tragedy. This essay employs Deconstruction via Jacques Derrida and his interpretation of the pharmakon, as well as the analysis of René Girard, to find the double meaning of catharsis: that the ancient Greek pharmakos (sacrificial victim) is intimately related to the term for the ritual of extracting emotions via a ritual, katharma, or catharsis. Finally, against the backdrop of these arguments, including those of Maurice O. Wallace, this  essay re-examines W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk and its concept of “double consciousness” using a psychoanalytical lens via Eugene Victor Wolfenstein and Jacques Lacan, mapped onto theories of Performance via Herbert Blau to analyze the spectragraphic and solipsistic blindness of racism that DuBois and Baraka’s work describes and confronts.

keywords

Critical-race-theory; theater; psychoanalysis; Amiri-Baraka

Author biography

San José State University, California, USA ‒ lp15f@my.fsu.edu.

Latest issue

Anno: 2021 - n. 3

Newsletter CS

* required fields
Academia.edu