Intoxication, Modernity, and Colonialism: Freud’s Industrial Unconscious, Benjamin’s Hashish Mimesis

Examines cocaine as the link between colonialism of Peru and the pharmaceutical colonialism in relation to the origins of psychoanalysis

Offers a radical contrast between Benjamin’s ‘hallucinatory collective’ and psychoanalytic normalization

A groundbreaking analysis of Freud’s cocaine dreams and “screen memories” as his industrial unconscious

Explores Freud and Benjamin’s messianic dialectics in relation to unconscious colonialism

Political re-contextualization of coca leaf as mimetic antidote to biopower

An original rethinking of Freudian and Benjaminian concepts through the discourses of colonialism and drug addiction

Analyzes the relation between discourse and intoxication in the time of high modernity