This essay examines singular traumas suffered by Tibetan refugees and expedient and culture-specific cures for the same. Drawing on Honey Oberoi Vahali’s Lives in Exile and other ethnographic studies of the Tibetan community in Dharamsala, India, it shows how classic trauma theory can be revised and expanded by including the vocabulary and symptomatology of the sufferance of exile and homelessness by displaced Tibetans.
Psychoanalysis of the Excommunicated
ankhi mukherjee is a professor of English and world literatures at the University of Oxford and a fellow in English at Wadham College. Her most recent book, Unseen City: The Psychic Lives of the Urban Poor, was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2021. Her second monograph, What Is a Classic? Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon (Stanford University Press, 2014), won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize in English Literature in 2015. Mukherjee’s other publications include Aesthetic Hysteria: The Great Neurosis in Victorian Melodrama and Contemporary Fiction (Routledge, 2007), and two edited collections of essays, namely, A Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Culture (with Laura Marcus; Wiley-Blackwell, 2015) and After Lacan: Literature, Theory, and Psychoanalysis in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2018). She is working on two forthcoming book projects: A Very Short Introduction to Postcolonial Literature (Oxford University Press, 2023) and a collaborative volume titled Decolonizing the English Literary Curriculum (Cambridge University Press, 2023), coedited with Ato Quayson.
Ankhi Mukherjee; Psychoanalysis of the Excommunicated. differences 1 December 2022; 33 (2-3): 72–89. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-10124690
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