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Fanon: The Postcolonial Imagination / Edition 1

Fanon: The Postcolonial Imagination / Edition 1

by Nigel C. Gibson
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Frantz Fanon was a French psychiatrist turned Algerian revolutionary of Martinican origin, and one of the most important and controversial thinkers of the postwar period. A veritable "intellect on fire," Fanon was a radical thinker with original theories on race, revolution, violence, identity and agency.

This book is an excellent introduction to the ideas and legacy of Fanon. Gibson explores him as a truly complex character in the context of his time and beyond. He argues that for Fanon, theory has a practical task to help change the world. Thus Fanon's "untidy dialectic," Gibson contends, is a philosophy of liberation that includes cultural and historical issues and visions of a future society. In a profoundly political sense, Gibson asks us to reevaluate Fanon's contribution as a critic of modernity and reassess in a new light notions of consciousness, humanism, and social change.

This is a fascinating study that will interest undergraduates and above in postcolonial studies, literary theory, cultural studies, sociology, politics, and social and political theory, as well as general readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745622613
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/07/2003
Series: Key Contemporary Thinkers Series , #7
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Nigel C. Gibson is Director of the Honors Program at Emerson College, Boston, and a research associate in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and the Department of Afro-American Studies at Harvard University.

Table of Contents


Abbreviations for Fanon’s Works.


1. The Racial Gaze: Black Slave, White Master.

2. Psychoanalysis and the Black’s Inferiority Complex.

3. Negritude and the Descent into a “Real Hell”.

4. Becoming Algerian.

5. Violent Concerns.

6. Radical Mutations: Toward a Fighting Culture.

7. Crossing the Dividing Line: Spontaneity and Organization.

8. Nationalism and a New Humanism.




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