The Misinterpellated Subject
”Tiens, un Nègre”: Fanon and the Refusal of Colonial Subjectivity
This chapter looks at the life and work of Frantz Fanon as the misinterpellated subject par excellence. I argue that in terms of his own life experience, Fanon’s famous scene where he was interpellated by a young white boy in the streets of Lyon with a call of “tiens, un Nègre!” (look, a Negro!) was a shock to his own self-understanding. Fanon shows that for the person of color, their path to interpellation is more tortuous because in addition to the false universal subject that is imposed on everyone, they suffer a second, equally false form of subjectivity that is...