Frantz Fanon is one of the very few thinkers to have risked something that resembles a theory of decolonization. In this essay Achille Mbembe reflects on the dialectics of the end/closure and the boundless possibilities evoked by Fanon, and the ways these are played out under contemporary conditions. Mbembe also assesses the place contemporary struggles for emancipation assign to the key Fanonian concepts of time, creation, and reconstitution, and the extent to which they truly transcend the “law of repetition,” which Fanon foresaw as the biggest threat to newness.
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Research Article| May 01 2013
Frantz Fanon’s Oeuvres: A Metamorphic Thought
Achille Mbembe is a research professor in history and politics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa), and a visiting professor in the Romance studies department and the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. He is author of numerous books in French and is best known in the English-speaking world for his classic On the Postcolony. His latest book, Sortir de la grande nuit (2010), will appear in translation in 2013.
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 8–17.
Achille Mbembe; Frantz Fanon’s Oeuvres: A Metamorphic Thought. Nka 1 May 2013; 2013 (32): 8–17. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10757163-2142332
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