Nigel Gibson (ed.), Living Fanon: Global Perspectives, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow,
Macalester College St. Paul, Minnesota
The authors collected in Nigel Gibson’s Living Fanon offer arguments across a range of disciplines suggesting Frantz Fanon’s relevance today. Gibson, a renowned Fanonian scholar, acknowledges the disjuncture between the study of Fanon as an historical figure and Fanon as an emblem of all liberation struggles. The book responds to this debate with a rich, interdisciplinary collection of essays that urge the reader to examine Fanon in various contexts. A majority of the essays may be of interest to the historian and the postcolonial scholar, and others yet raise questions in Geography, Political Theory, Gender Studies, Philosophy and Critical Race Theory. Each essay examines a specific aspect of Fanon’s life and work, beginning with his involvement with the Algerian liberation struggle and concluding with a synthesized understanding of his long-term contributions to postcolonial critical thought. Of course, there is considerable overlap between the disciplinary arguments presented in each chapter. The collection is worth examining, for both its interdisciplinary focus and its thorough analysis of an historical figure whose theory still remains with us.
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