This essay engages the published and unpublished writings of the late feminist theorist Teresa Brennan (1952–2003) on paranoia as a sociohistorical tendency, following the author’s study of her papers housed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.
The Age of Paranoia: Teresa Brennan’s Posthumous Insights for the Present
lauren guilmette is an assistant professor of philosophy at Elon University, where she specializes in recent continental and feminist philosophy. She previously taught at Florida Atlantic University. She has two additional essays on Teresa Brennan forthcoming in 2019, including a piece in philosophia on Brennan’s affect theory in dialogue with decolonial feminist Sylvia Wynter’s critique of the Western ethnoclass of Man.
Lauren Guilmette; The Age of Paranoia: Teresa Brennan’s Posthumous Insights for the Present. differences 1 September 2019; 30 (2): 93–114. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-7736063
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