This essay engages the published and unpublished writings of the late feminist theorist Teresa Brennan (1952–2003) on paranoia as a sociohistorical tendency, following the author’s study of her papers housed in the Feminist Theory Archive at Brown University. Explicating some of Brennan’s archival papers, this article contextualizes Brennan’s inquiry with her theoretical influences in Freud, Klein, and Lacan. The essay concludes by reflecting on Brennan’s insights for the present “post-truth” political impasse, a discourse of personal feeling for which her theory provides productive critical tools.

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