Reimagining Black Subjectivity: A Psychoanalysis of Frederick Douglass

  • Danjuma G. Gibson
Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)


This chapter examines the personal stories, expressions, communications, feelings, and psychological patterns expressed by Frederick Douglass in all four autobiographical narratives. Such observations underwrite the concept of the interior force of being that is offered up in this project. Additionally, the concept of the intersubjective matrix is developed as well. The intersubjective milieu is a psychosocial space that represents the amalgamation of histories, heritages, cultures, religion, and other sociopolitical factors, all of which condition and inform individual and collective subjectivity. Understanding the reciprocal nature of how the intersubjective milieu affects individuals and groups and how it is in turn impacted by the same individuals and groups is essential to addressing the question of how we account for the subjectivity of Frederick Douglass in the extreme context of the slavocracy.


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  • Danjuma G. Gibson
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  1. 1.Calvin Theological SeminaryGrand RapidsUSA

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