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Fanon: A Critical Reader

ISBN: 978-1-55786-895-4
368 pages
August 1996, Wiley-Blackwell
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The wide range of disciplines represented here enables the volume to stand as a contextualizing work in Fanon studies. It contains new original essays on Africana philosophy, the human sciences, dialectical humanism, women of color studies, neocolonial and postcolonial studies, violence, and tragedy.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: Leonard Harris (Purdue University) & Carolyn Johnson.


Part I: Oppression:.

1. Fanon, Oppression and Resentment: The Black Experience in the United States: Floyd W. Hayes III (Purdue University).

2. Perspectives of Du Bois and Fanon on the Psychology of Oppression: Stanley O. Gaines, Jr.

3. Racism and Objectification: Reflections on Themes from Fanon: Richard Schitt (Brown University).

Part II: Questioning the Human Sciences:.

4. Fanon's Body of Black Experience: Ronald A. T. Judy (University of Pittsburgh).

5. The Black and the Body Politic: Fanon's Existential Phenomenological Critique of Psychoanalysis: Lewis R. Gordon.

6. To Cure and to Free: The Fanonian Project of Decolonized Psychiatry: Francoise Verges (UC Berkeley).

7. Revolutionizing Theory: Sociological Dimensions in Fanon's Sociologie D'Une Revolution: Renee T. White (Purdue University).

Part III: Identity and the Dialectics of Recognition: .

8. Casting the Slough: Fanons New Humanism for a New Humanity: Robert Bernasconi (University of Memphis).

9. Fanon, Sartre and Identity Politics: Sonia Kruks (Oberlin College).

10. The Difference Between the Hegelian and Fanonian Dialectic of Lordship and Bondage: Lou Turner.

Part IV: Fanon and the Emancipation of Women of Color: .

11. Antiblack Femininity - Mixed-Race Identity: Engaging Fanon to Reread Capecia: T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting (Purdue University).

12. Violent Women: Surging into Forbidden Quarter: Nada Elia (Western Illinois University-Macomb).

13. To Conquer the Veil: Fanon's Continued Relevance to Algeria: Eddy Souffrant (Marquette University).

14. Invisibility and Super/Vision: Fanon on Race, Veils, and Discourses of Resistance: David Theo Goldberg (Arizona State University).

Part V: Postcolonial Dreams, Neocolonial Realities: .

15. Public (Re)Memory, Vindicating Narratives, and Troubling Beginnings: Towards a Postcolonial Psychoanalytical Theory: Maurice Stevens (Santa Cruz).

16. Fanon, African and Afro-Caribbean Philosophy: Paget Henry (Brown University).

17. Fanon and the Contemporary Discourse of African Philosophy: Tsenay Serequeberhan (Simmons College).

18. On the Misadvertures of National Consciousness: A Retrospect on Frantz Fanon's Gift of Prophecy: Olufemi Taiwo (Loyola University, Chicago).

Part VI: Resistance and Revolutionary Violence:.

19. Jammin' the Airwaves and Tuning Into the Revolution: The Dialectics of the Radio in L'An Cinq du la Revolution Algerienne: Nigel Gibson (Columbia University).

20. Fanon on the Role of Violence in Liberation: A Comparison to Gandhi and Mandela: Gail M. Presby (Marist College).

21. Fanon's Tragic Revolutionary Violence: Lewis R. Gordon (Purdue University).

Afterword: Joy Ann James (University of Massachusetts & University of Colorado).


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Author Information

Lewis R. Gordon teaches philosophy and African American studies at Purdue University. He is author of Fanon and the Crisis of European Man: An Essay on Philosophy and the Human Sciences (1995) and Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (1995), as well as editor of Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy (1996) and co-editor of Black Texts and Black Textuality: Constructing and de-constructing Blackness.

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting teaches French and African American Studies at Purdue University. She is co-editor of Spoils of War: Women, Cultures, Revolutions and author of Black Female Bodies, White Male Imaginations: Nineteenth-Century French Narratives on Black Femininity.

Renée T. White teaches sociology and African American Studies at Purdue University. She is co-editor of Black Texts and Black Textuality and Spoils of War. She is also completing her first book, New Sexual Identities: Black Teenage Women and Sex in the AIDS Era.

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The Wiley Advantage

* Interdisciplinary approach, including contributors from philosophy, literature and social sciences.
* Critical dimension, undermining the 'construction' of Fanon in elite postcolonial cultural studies.
* Includes new translations of key passages from Fanon, revealing previous misrepresentations.
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