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Worlds WithinNational Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing$
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Vilashini Cooppan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804754903

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804754903.001.0001

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Ghostly Forms: Race, Nation, and Genre in Frantz Fanon

Ghostly Forms: Race, Nation, and Genre in Frantz Fanon

(p.140) 4 Ghostly Forms: Race, Nation, and Genre in Frantz Fanon
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This chapter explores the ghostly continuities between Fanon the Martinican-born psychiatrist and Fanon the anticolonial Algerian nationalist. It finds in both a common engagement with the topological limitations of territory, both colony and nation, by means of the oscillatory temporality of consciousness, including the racial consciousness Fanon attempts to get beyond in Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and the national consciousness espoused in The Wretched of the Earth (1961). Through a reading in dialogue with Derrida's Specters of Marx (1993), the chapter argues for Fanon's body of work as a model of fantasmatic nationalism, nationalism which incorporates outside into inside, globe into nation in such a way as to suggest that those externalities were always there from the beginning.

Keywords:   territory, consciousness, race, Derrida, fantasmatic nationalism, Black Skin, Wretched of Earth, Specters of Marx

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