The Foucaultian alternative, however-the turn to genealogizing
, and more generally to "refusing" identity--remains unsatisfying, for obvious reasons.
heirs to the lands of the West: genealogizing
, that well-respected
While some could argue that Dove's rewrite of African American origins participates in what Anthony Appiah has termed "alternative genealogizing
," writing different versions of origins that don't change where we end up, Dove's text seems to believe, insofar as it follows a psychoanalytic project, that this expression of a repressed origin frees us from a symptomology of racial binarism.
This type of genealogizing
may indeed be done as part of a celebration of those aspects and as an affirming of a certain cultural or moral identity, but such an act would be more than this: on the one hand, it gives a way of making explicit exactly what it is about their culture that they are celebrating and affirming, on the other, it gives them a measure against which to assess aspects of their culture about which they might not be so positive.
, the outline of one's descent, fitted right in.