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Frantz Fanon: Humanism, Revolution and the Decolonization of the Mind

Semester and Year WI 2016
Course Number IDSEM-UG1544
Section 001
Instructor Millery Polyné
Time 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM, GLOBAL



This class examines the canonical text Wretched of the Earth ( Les Damnés de la Terre , 1961) by Martinican-born psychoanalyst and social philosopher Frantz Fanon. What is the relevance of Fanon's classic text and his insight on the revolutionary potential of the poor and intellectuals in our current world? Is there a "healing psychological force" in revolutionary action? This course provides a theoretical introduction to Jean-Paul Sartre's understanding of existentialism and bad faith and its influences on Fanon. More importantly, we will examine Fanon's ideas on existential humanism, the role of violence and tragedy in decolonization, and his notion of an "authentic existence" within and beyond post-colonial context.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)