This course focuses on the life and work of the West Indian psychiatrist, philosopher, and revolutionary Frantz Omar Fanon (1925–1961). Students will explore Fanon’s major works, including Peau noire, masques blancs and Les Damnés de la Terre which have not only been influential to scholarly traditions such as postcolonialism, decolonial thought, critical race theory, and afro-pessimism, but have also been inspirational to national liberation movements from Palestine to South Africa. The course will examine Fanon’s key ideas on the function of race and racism in colonial domination, as well as his insights on the psychological effects of colonialism and the role of violence in decolonization. We will also engage with scholars who have extended Fanon’s analysis to other areas. Students will also learn about Fanon’s personal life and political activities, including his involvement in the Algerian War of Independence. Through readings, discussions, written assignments, and in-class presentations, students will gain a deep understanding of Fanon’s legacy and his continued relevance in the twenty-first century.

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