The Political Writings from Alienation and Freedom

The Political Writings from Alienation and Freedom

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Frantz Fanon's (1925-61) political impact is difficult to overestimate. His anti-colonialist, philosophical and revolutionary writings were among the most influential of the twentieth century. The political essays, articles and notes published in Alienation and Freedom: The Political Writings cover the most active period of his life, from the publication of White Skin, Black Masks in 1952 - when he was twenty-eight years old - to that of The Wretched of the Earth, the appearance of which in 1961 coincided, give or take a few days, with the date of his death from leukaemia at the age of thirty-six.

These political writings represent the sheer breadth and diversity of Fanon's work and this volume is original in that it contains his earliest works to survive, the plays The Drowning Eye and Parallel Hands, which expose an early preoccupation with identity and socio-political consciousness. His writings from Algeria are the most politicised however and are notable for their inflection with Fanon's support for the country's fight against French colonial rule. Indeed, as his role in treating both French and Algerian soldiers grew evermore untenable, his words became more impassioned and represent his decision to cast off his assimilationist upbringing and dedicate himself to revolution.

The insights these works provide give a new depth and complexity to our understanding of Fanon's entire oeuvre and reveal how his powerful thinking about race, identity and activism remain pertinent to modern society. Shedding new light on the work of a major twentieth-century philosopher, this disruptive and moving work will shape how we look at the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 10 b/w illus
  • 1350125997
  • 9781350125995

Table of contents

Frantz Fanon: Works Cited

General Introduction, by Jean Khalfa and Robert J.C. Young

1. The demoralized Foreign Legion
2. Algeria's independence: An everyday reality
3. National independence: The only possible outcome
4. Algeria and the French crisis
5. The Algerian conflict and African anticolonialism
6. A democratic revolution
7. Once again: The reason for the precondition
8. Algerian revolutionary consciousness
9. In the Caribbean, birth of a nation?
10. The strategy of an army with its back to the wall
11. The survivors of no man's land
12. Testament of a 'man of the left'
13. Ultracolonialism's rationale
14. The western world and the fascist experience in France
15. Gaulist illusions
16. The calvary of a people
17. The rising anti-imperialist movement and the slow-wits of pacification
18. African countries and their solidary combat
19. Richard Wright's White Man, Listen!
20. At Conakry, he declares: 'Global peace goes via national independence'
21. Africa accuses the west
22. Why we use violence
23. The stooges of imperialism
24. Letter to Ali Shariati

Publishing Fanon (France and Italy, 1959-1971)
Frantz Fanon's Library and Life
Franz Fanon's Library
Key dates of Fanon's chronology

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About Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was a Martinique-born psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary, and writer. He was the author of classic works such as Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and The Wretched of the Earth (1961). He was one of the most significant anti-colonialist, anti-imperialist and anti-racist thinkers of the 20th Century.

Jean Khalfa is a Senior Lecturer in French Studies at Trinity College Cambridge, UK. He is the author of Poetics of the Antilles (2016) and an upcoming work on Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth. He is also the editor of the first complete edition of Michel Foucault's History of Madness (2006).

Robert J. C. Young, FBA, is Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature at New York University, USA. He is the author of White Mythologies (1990), Colonial Desire (1995), Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (2001), The Idea of English Ethnicity (2008) and Empire, Colony, Postcolony (2015).

Steven Corcoran is a writer and translator living in Berlin. He has edited and translated several works by Jacques Ranciere, including Dissensus (2015) and The Lost Thread (2016).
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