The Disappointed of the Earth

Rooney, Caroline R. (2009) The Disappointed of the Earth. Psychoanalysis and History, 11 (2). pp. 159-174. ISSN 1460-8235. (doi:https://doi.org/10.3366/E1460823509000385) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This essay offers a consideration of how the affect of chronic disappointment contributes to the formation of extreme beliefs. It debates how the disappointment in question is a matter of social class and the desire for self-betterment, contesting the assumption that fundamentalism constitutes a simple rejection of modernity. The essay also attempts to theorize the ways in which chronic disappointment can lead to the establishment of what is formulated in terms of ‘pariah elitism’. In moving from a consideration of Al Aswany's The Yacoubian Building and Herzl's Alteneuland to a consideration of colonial and postcolonial situations in Southern Africa, it broaches the question of how chronic disappointment serves to challenge both the othering of extremism and extremism's otherings. Finally, the essay suggests that there is a distinction to be maintained between the idealism of extremism and a praxis of good faith.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: disappointment, pariah, fundamentalism, distrust, faith
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Research
Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing
Depositing User: Caroline Rooney
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 09:01 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40184 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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