Course meets during the first seven weeks only, First Class: January 26; Last Class: March 9.
This class investigates the architecture and history of colonialism and neo-colonialism and its intersections with race, gender and labor within Martinique, Haiti and Algeria in the 20th century. The life and work of Martinican-born psychoanalyst and social philosopher Frantz Fanon is the central lens in which we will interrogate (neo)colonialism and citizen responses to the psycho-social world that imperial encounters made. By examining several key texts, including Wretched of the Earth (1961), Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and A Dying Colonialism (1965) and a number of films, this course poses a number of key questions: What does it mean to be human? What does wo/man want? In what ways does Fanon's discussion of existentialism, alienation or even the idea or the materiality of the veil prove relevant to current political and social tensions and movements in the United States and abroad? Is there a "healing psychological force" in revolutionary action? Fanon's work is an important piece in understanding the development and intervention of mid-twentieth century critical theory and intellectual history in the Atlantic world.