Friday, 20 April 2012

Frantz Fanon – An Introduction: Sociology 3, Rhodes University, 2012

Frantz Fanon – An Introduction
Sociology 3, Rhodes University, 2012

Week One – Black Skin, White Masks

1.      Introduction (no compulsory reading)
2.      'The Negro & Language' (Chapter 1 from Black Skin, White Masks)
3.      'The Fact of Blackness' (Chapter 5 from Black Skin, White Masks)

Week Two – A Dying Colonialism

5. Introduction (no compulsory reading)
6.      'Algeria Unveiled' (Chapter 1 from A Dying Colonialism)
7.      'Medicine & Colonialism' (Chapter 4 from A Dying Colonialism)
8.      Michael Neocosmos, From people's politics to state politics: aspects of national liberation in South Africa 1984-1994, 1994

Film: The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Week Three – The Wretched of the Earth

9. Introduction (no compulsory reading)
10.  'Concerning Violence' (Chapter 1 from The Wretched of the Earth)
11.  'The Pitfalls of National Consciousness' (Chapter 3 from The Wretched of the Earth)
12.  'Interview with S'bu Zikode', 2009

Film: Dear Mandela (2011)

Recommended Reading:

Short Essays & Talks

Nigel Gibson, Living Fanon: The Rationality of Revolt, 2011

Lewis Gordon, Remembering Fanon: Setting Forward a New Humanity, 2011

Achille Mbembe, The Year of Frantz Fanon, 2011

S'bu Zikode, Presentation at the Fanon Colloquium, Rhodes University, 2011

Academic Articles & Book Chapters

Nigel Gibson, Black Consciousness 1977-1987; The Dialectics of Liberation in South Africa, 1988

Nigel Gibson, What Happened to the “Promised Land”? A Fanonian Perspective on Post-Apartheid South Africa, 2011

Lewis Gordon, Living Fanon, 2011

T. Deanen Sharpley-Whiting, Fanon, Conflicts, Feminisms, 1988


Steve Biko, I Write What I Like, 1978

Alice Cherki, Frantz Fanon: A Biography, 2000 (translated 2006)

Angela Davis, An Autobiography, 1974

Nigel Gibson, Fanon: The Post-Colonial Imagination, 2003

Nigel Gibson, Fanonian Practices in South Africa, 2011

Lewis Gordon, Fanon & the Crisis of European Man, 1995

Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, 1952 (translated 1967)

Frantz Fanon, A Dying Colonialism, 1959 (translated 1965)

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, 1961 (translated 1963)

George Jackson, Soledad Brother, 1970

Noel Chabani Manganyi, Being-Black-in-the-World, 1973

Bloke Modisane, Blame Me on History, 1964

Michael Neocosmos, From Foreign Natives to Native Foreigners: Explaining Xenophobia in South Africa,  2006 (Updated new edition in 2010)

Cedric Robinson, Black Marxism, 1983

Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism is a Humanism, 1943 (translated 1948)

Jean-Paul Sartre, Anti-Semite & Jew, 1946

Ato Sekyi-Otu, Fanon's Dialectic of Experience, 1996

T. Deanen Sharpley-Witting, Fanon:Conflicts & Feminisms, 1998

Ineke van Kessel, "Beyond Our Wildest Dreams": The United Democratic Front and the Transformation of South Africa, 2000

Malcom X, The Autobiography of Malcom X, 1965

Other Material

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