Sheldon George teaches courses in both literature and theory. Concentrating primarily on American and African-American literature, his courses explore literary representations of American identity, as they are expressed in the writings of authors spanning from antebellum to contemporary America. His literary and cultural theory courses are aimed at granting students more nuanced and complex understandings of the interplay between literature, culture and identity. With a particular focus on psychoanalytic theory, Professor George's research and published work use Lacanian psychoanalysis to investigate the effects of slavery and racism on American racial identity. Some of his courses include the graduate seminar in Contemporary Critical Theory, Toni Morrison and American Literature, Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, and Race and Gender in Psychoanalytic Theory.
Books and Edited Works
Trauma and Race: A Lacanian Analysis of African-American Identity. February 2016. Baylor UP. (Find on Amazon here)
Ed. with Annie Stopford. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Special Issue on Psychoanalysis, African Americans and Inequality. Dec 2014, Vol. 19 Issue 4. (Find it on Palgrave Journals here)
Selected Journal Articles
“From Alienation to Cynicism: Race and the Lacanian Unconscious.” Special issue of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society on Psychoanalysis, African Americans and Inequality. Dec 2014, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p360-378. (Find on Palgrave Journals here)
“Approaching the Thing of Slavery: A Lacanian Analysis of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” African American Review 45.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2012): 115-130.
“The Performed Self in College Writing: From Personal Narratives to Argumentative and Research Essays.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture 12.2 (Spring 2012): 319-341. (Find on Duke Journals here)
"Realism's Racial Gaze and Stephen Crane's The Monster: A Lacanian Reading." Experiments in/of Realism: Spec. issue of Synthesis 3 (Winter 2011): 69-86.
“Trauma and the Conservation of African-American Racial Identity.” Journal For The Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society 6:1 (2001): 58-72.
Freud Upside Down: African American Literature and Psychoanalytic Culture, by Badia Sahar Ahad. Symploke 19:1-2 (2011): 402-404.
The Feminine “No!”: Psychoanalysis and The New Canon, by Todd McGowan. South Atlantic Review 68.1 (Winter 2003): 103-107.
“‘I’m Really Not Prejudiced Against Race’: Music and Alterity in the Michael Dunn Case.” Lesley University, October 2015.
Keynote Speaker. “Frantz Fanon and the Trauma of Race.” Coventry UK: Warwick University, March 2015.
Invited Speaker. "Race Today: Alterity and Jouissance in the Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman cases." University of Vermont, November 2014.
“Isolation and Fantasy: Ralph Ellison and the Oedipal Narratives of Race.” Global Positioning Systems. American Comparative Literature Association. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto, April 2013.
“‘Wishing I was a Negro’: Fantasy and Oedipal Desires in Kerouac and Ellison.” Colleagues in Conversation. Simmons College Dean of CAS and the Faculty Scholarship Taskforce. Feb 2013.
“Race and the Lacanian Unconscious: An interdisciplinary Reading of Racial Identity.” Futures and Illusions: Social-Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University, October 2012.
"The House that Patriarchy Built: Fantasy and Female Sexuality in Morrison’s Sula and Paradise." Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism Melus: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. San Jose, California: Santa Clara University, April 2012.
“Morrison’s Artistry and the Decentered Narrative.” Invited Respondent to Jean Wyatt’s talk: “Jean Laplanche and Toni Morrison: Enigmatic Signifying in Morrison’s Love and A Mercy.” The Humanities Center at Harvard University, March 2011.