Frantz Fanon, postcolonialism and the ethics of difference

By Azzedine Haddour

Frantz Fanon, postcolonialism and the ethics of difference


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  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5610-5
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £21.00
  • Published Date: June 2021
  • BIC Category: Contemporary Literature, Literature, Literary theory, Literary studies: post-colonial literature, Colonialism & imperialism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism, LITERARY CRITICISM / African, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, Literature & literary studies / General, Literature & literary studies / Literary theory, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: post-colonial literature, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General


Fanon, postcolonialism and the ethics of difference offers a new reading of Fanon's work challenging many of the reconstructions of Fanon in critical and postcolonial theory and in cultural studies, probing a host of crucial issues: the intersectionality of gender and colonial politics; the biopolitics of colonialism; Marxism and decolonisation; tradition, translation and humanism.

It will be of particular value to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as to academics interested in Fanon and postcolonial studies generally.


'With this refreshing and, on occasion, provocative book, Azzedine Haddour confirms his reputation as one of the most searching and effective readers of Fanon today. Challenging many of the received ideas about his subject, Haddour's aim is to engage more holistically with Fanon's humanism and its ethical preoccupations across his life and writing. The result is a highly original contribution that manages to entertain a plurality of perspective. Essential reading for all those interested in the historical emergence of postcolonial thought and in its contemporary resonances.'
Charles Forsdick, James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool

'We are nothing on earth if we are not, first of all, slaves of a cause, the cause of the people, the cause of justice, the cause of liberty". Recalling these powerful late words of Frantz Fanon, Haddour provocatively resituates Fanon at once historically in terms of his own cultural, social and political environment, whilst also engaging deeply with more recent critics of Fanon who claim him for the politics of difference or the lumpenproletariat. Haddour shows us that while Fanon focuses throughout his work on the always paradoxical and contradictory forms of alienation under which he lived, he was above all an ethical thinker: anti-racist, humanist and internationalist.'
Robert JC Young, Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature at New York University


Introduction: A Black Rebel with a Cause
1. The significance of Sartre in Fanon
2. A poststructuralist reading of Fanon
3. A family romance
4. The North African syndrome: Madness and colonization
5. The Wretched of the Earth: The anthem of decolonization?
6. Tradition, translation and colonization


Azzedine Haddour is Senior Lecturer in French at University College London

Frantz Fanon, postcolonialism and the ethics of difference

By Azzedine Haddour

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