Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics

Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics : Finding Something Different

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This book examines how the work of Frantz Fanon might be best appropriated for contemporary political and cultural issues. Reviewing the field of "Fanon studies" and bringing Fanon into conversation with such figures as Edward Said, Michel Foucault, Jamaica Kincaid, and Paul Gilroy, this book is of interest to scholars across a range of disciplines.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 151 x 229 x 22mm | 454g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739198394
  • 9780739198391

Table of contents

Introduction: Fanon Now
1 Reading Fanon Anti-Piously: On the Need to Appropriate
2 The Struggle Within Humanism: Fanon and Said
3 The Humanism Effect: Fanon, Foucault, and Ethics without Subjects
4 The Futures of Postcolonial Criticism: Fanon and Kincaid
5 "Enough of This Scandal": Reading Gilroy through Fanon,
or Who Comes After "Race"?
6 "Any Decolonization Is a Success": Fanon and the African Spring
Conclusion: Singularity and Solidarity: Fanonian Futures
About the Author
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For those of us following Alessandrini's work over the years, this book is an important event. For those new to his work, it will be a lovely surprise. Alessandrini writes with confidence, clarity, and remarkable creativity, refusing in every way to be content with conventional formulations of Fanon's work. His book takes stock of the current state of Fanon studies and then quickly moves to the real innovations of the book: complex conversations with subaltern studies, Edward Said's and Michel Foucault's work on humanism, Jamaica Kincaid's literature and cultural politics, Paul Gilroy's critiques of raciology, and the meaning of "the African Spring." This is exactly the kind of refreshing, revitalizing engagement Fanon studies needs, engagement that both testifies to the enduring importance of his work and takes seriously developments after Fanon. It is no overstatement to say that Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics represents a shift in Fanon studies and will seriously impact inquiry into the ongoing revolutionary, postcolonial moment. -- John E. Drabinski, Professor of Black Studies, Amherst College This timely and beautifully written book is marked by thinking that is at once careful and ambitious, deep and wide-ranging, sophisticated and crystal clear. Inviting us to read Frantz Fanon `non-piously' as a situated thinker of his conjuncture and as our contemporary who may speak to current political predicaments, Alessandrini develops the most insightful re-consideration of Fanon that I've read. By placing Fanon in dialogue with other key theorists and novelists, he also reflects deeply on the project and place of postcolonial criticism now. And by reading Fanon in relation to contemporary situations (notably Palestine, South Africa, and the Arab Spring), he addresses some of the most pressing and vexing political challenges today regarding the relation between situated singularities and translocal solidarities. His close readings, keen analyses, and searching questions are guided throughout by Fanon's lifelong demand for `something different,' an `emergent humanism' that would not only overcome colonial racism and imperialism but could ground `true liberation' in and for a future that could not yet be known. -- Gary Wilder, City University of New York Graduate Center Fearless yet fair-minded, Alessandrini sweeps away decades of piety and restores to us a Fanon who has no need of his legends. -- Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different is an important new book. . . .[A] remarkable work of scholarship . . . [I]t is a deep consideration of the very project of postcolonial criticism and theory. * The Committee on Globalization and Social Change *
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About Anthony C. Alessandrini

Anthony C. Alessandrini is associate professor of English at Kingsborough Community College and the Master of Arts program in Middle Eastern Studies at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York.
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