Antiblack racism avows reason is white while emotion, and thus supposedly unreason, is black. Challenging academic adherence to this notion, Lewis R. Gordon offers a portrait of Martinican-turned-Algerian revolutionary psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon as an exemplar of "living thought" against forms of reason marked by colonialism and racism. Working from his own translations of the original French texts, Gordon critically engages everything in Fanon from dialectics, ethics, existentialism, and humanism to philosophical anthropology, phenomenology, and political theory as well as psychiatry and psychoanalysis.
Gordon takes into account scholars from across the Global South to address controversies around Fanon's writings on gender and sexuality as well as political violence and the social underclass. In doing so, he confronts the replication of a colonial and racist geography of reason, allowing theorists from the Global South to emerge as interlocutors alongside northern ones in a move that exemplifies what, Gordon argues, Fanon represented in his plea to establish newer and healthier human relationships beyond colonial paradigms.
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"Gordon allows us to read Fanon in new and different ways, contextualizing his
thought in a wide arc of knowledge-from St. Augustine and traditional Akan
philosophy to contemporaries such as De Beauvoir, Sartre, and Senghor, to more
recent continental philosophers. Along the way, Gordon incorporates relevant
debates from contemporary theoretical movements such as critical race theory.
What Fanon Said is a provocative and illuminating study."
Gordon has contextualised Fanon's words in an impressive analysis of his texts in relation to other thinkers and critics. * -Socialist Review *
In the hands of Lewis Gordon, What Fanon Said, becomes what Frantz Fanon says to us today. The book brings alive the revolutionary thought and practice of Fanon into the continuing struggles for structural economic, political, social, and psychic transformations of our world. The struggle against anti-black racism is an integral part of it, and Gordon's Fanon is the many-sided thinker who saw it all and give it words of fire in his works, particularly Black Skin, White Masks and The Damned of the Earth. * -Ngugi wa Thiong'o, author of Wizard of the Crow, from the Wits University Press edition *
You may also be interested in...
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?