Whither Fanon

Whither Fanon

Investigating and foregrounding the clinical system that Fanon devised in an attempt to intervene against negrophobia and anti-blackness, this book rereads his clinical and political work together, arguing that the two are mutually ...

Author: David Marriott

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503605732

Category: Philosophy

Page: 432

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Frantz Fanon may be most known for his more obviously political writings, but in the first instance, he was a clinician, a black Caribbean psychiatrist who had the improbable task of treating disturbed and traumatized North African patients during the wars of decolonization. Investigating and foregrounding the clinical system that Fanon devised in an attempt to intervene against negrophobia and anti-blackness, this book rereads his clinical and political work together, arguing that the two are mutually imbricated. For the first time, Fanon's therapeutic innovations are considered along with his more overtly political and cultural writings to ask how the crises of war affected his practice, informed his politics, and shaped his subsequent ideas. As David Marriott suggests, this combination of the clinical and political involves a psychopolitics that is, by definition, complex, difficult, and perpetually challenging. He details this psychopolitics from two points of view, focusing first on Fanon's sociotherapy, its diagnostic methods and concepts, and second, on Fanon's cultural theory more generally. In our present climate of fear and terror over black presence and the violence to which it gives rise, Whither Fanon? reminds us of Fanon's scandalous actuality and of the continued urgency of his message.
Categories: Philosophy

Whither Fanon

Whither Fanon

Introduction : whither Fanon? -- Psychodramas -- The clinic as praxis -- Negrophobogenesis -- Historicity and guilt -- Racial fetishism -- Desire and law -- The condemned -- Invention -- Existence -- The abyssal

Author: David Marriott

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ISBN: 1503605728

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Page: 432

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This book proposes a new and provocative reading of the clinical and political work of Frantz Fanon, the Martinican psychiatrist and revolutionary.
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Political Memory and the Aesthetics of Care

Political Memory and the Aesthetics of Care

Cultural. Memory. in. the. Present. Willemien Otten, Thinking Nature and the Nature of Thinking: From Eriugena to Emerson ... Studies in the Blackness of Being Reinhart Koselleck, Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories, translated and ...

Author: Mihaela Mihai

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503630130

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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With this nuanced and interdisciplinary work, political theorist Mihaela Mihai tackles several interrelated questions: How do societies remember histories of systemic violence? Who is excluded from such histories' cast of characters? And what are the political costs of selective remembering in the present? Building on insights from political theory, social epistemology, and feminist and critical race theory, Mihai argues that a double erasure often structures hegemonic narratives of complex violence: of widespread, heterogeneous complicity and of "impure" resistances, not easily subsumed to exceptionalist heroic models. In dialogue with care ethicists and philosophers of art, she then suggests that such narrative reductionism can be disrupted aesthetically through practices of "mnemonic care," that is, through the hermeneutical labor that critical artists deliver—thematically and formally—within communities' space of meaning. Empirically, the book examines both consecrated and marginalized artists who tackled the memory of Vichy France, communist Romania, and apartheid South Africa. Despite their specificities, these contexts present us with an opportunity to analyze similar mnemonic dynamics and to recognize the political impact of dissenting artistic production. Crossing disciplinary boundaries, the book intervenes in debates over collective responsibility, historical injustice, and the aesthetics of violence within political theory, memory studies, social epistemology, and transitional justice.
Categories: Philosophy

Figures of Possibility

Figures of Possibility

Cultural. Memory. in. the. Present. Mihaela Mihai, Political Memory and the Aesthetics of Care: The Art of ... Studies in the Blackness of Being Reinhart Koselleck, Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories, translated and edited by Sean ...

Author: Niklaus Largier

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503631052

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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From medieval contemplation to the early modern cosmopoetic imagination, to the invention of aesthetic experience, to nineteenth-century decadent literature, and to early-twentieth century essayistic forms of writing and film, Niklaus Largier shows that mystical practices have been reinvented across the centuries, generating a notion of possibility with unexpected critical potential. Arguing for a new understanding of mystical experience, Largier foregrounds the ways in which devotion builds on experimental practices of figuration in order to shape perception, emotions, and thoughts anew. Largier illuminates how devotional practices are invested in the creation of possibilities, and this investment has been a key element in a wide range of experimental engagements in literature and art from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, and most recently in forms of "new materialism." Read as a history of the senses and emotions, the book argues that mystical and devotional practices have long been invested in the modulating and reconfiguring of sensation, affects, and thoughts. Read as a book about practices of figuration, it questions ordinary protocols of interpretation in the humanities, and the priority given to a hermeneutic understanding of texts and cultural artifacts.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Emmanuel Levinas s Talmudic Turn

Emmanuel Levinas s Talmudic Turn

Cultural. Memory. in. the. Present. Willemien Otten, Thinking Nature and the Nature of Thinking: From Eriugena to Emerson ... Studies in the Blackness of Being Reinhart Koselleck, Sediments of Time: On Possible Histories, translated and ...

Author: Ethan Kleinberg

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503629608

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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In this rich intellectual history of the French-Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas's Talmudic lectures in Paris, Ethan Kleinberg addresses Levinas's Jewish life and its relation to his philosophical writings while making an argument for the role and importance of Levinas's Talmudic lessons. Pairing each chapter with a related Talmudic lecture, Kleinberg uses the distinction Levinas presents between "God on Our Side" and "God on God's Side" to provide two discrete and at times conflicting approaches to Levinas's Talmudic readings. One is historically situated and argued from "our side" while the other uses Levinas's Talmudic readings themselves to approach the issues as timeless and derived from "God on God's own side." Bringing the two approaches together, Kleinberg asks whether the ethical message and moral urgency of Levinas's Talmudic lectures can be extended beyond the texts and beliefs of a chosen people, religion, or even the seemingly primary unit of the self. Touching on Western philosophy, French Enlightenment universalism, and the Lithuanian Talmudic tradition, Kleinberg provides readers with a boundary-pushing investigation into the origins, influences, and causes of Levinas's turn to and use of Talmud.
Categories: Philosophy

Dreaming of Freedom in South Africa

Dreaming of Freedom in South Africa

History Making and Present Day Politics: The Meaning of Collective Memory in South Africa (Uppsala: Nordiska ... Movement in Zimbabwe in the interwar years', International Journal of African Historical Studies, 35, 2–3 (2003), pp.

Author: David Johnson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474430234

Category: Apartheid in literature

Page: 232

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Assembles for the first time the many different texts imagining the future after the end of apartheidExplores the history of how the future in South Africa after the end of apartheid was imagined Provides the first literary-cultural history of South African speculative fictionStudies the literary-political cultures of the five major traditions of South African anti-colonial/ anti-segregationist/ anti-apartheid thoughtFocusing on well-known and obscure literary texts from the 1880s to the 1970s, as well as the many manifestos and programmes setting out visions of the future, this book charts the dreams of freedom of five major traditions of anti-colonial and anti-apartheid resistance: the African National Congress, the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union, the Communist Party of South Africa, the Non-European Unity Movement and the Pan-Africanist Congress. More than an exercise in historical excavation, Dreaming of Freedom in South Africa raises challenging questions for the post-apartheid present.
Categories: Apartheid in literature