Fanon and De Martino

Schedule of Classes

January 9. Introduction

  • Gili Kliger, “Humanism and the Ends of Empire, 1945-1960,” Modern Intellectual History 15:3 (Nov 2018). Available here.
  • Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (1966). Watch it here.

January 16. Folklore, Magic, Religion

  • Antonio Gramsci, selections from The Prison Notebooks. Available here.
  • Paulette Richards, “Fanon as Reader of African American Folklore,” The Journal of Pan African Studies 4:7 (November 2011). Available here.
  • Ben Grant, “‘Inhuman voices’: reflections on the place of ancestors in the work of Frantz Fanon,” Textual Practice 28:4 (2014). Available here.
  • Federico Settler, “Frantz Fanon’s Ambivalence towards Religion,” Journal for the Study of Religion 25:2 (2012). Available here.

January 23. The World of Magic

  • Ernesto de Martino, Primitive Magic: The Psychic Powers of Shamans and Sorcerers (1948). Available here.

January 30. Sociogenesis

  • Franz Fanon, White Skin Black Masks (1952)

February 6. Colonialism, Semi-colonialism, Possession

  • Antonio Gramsci, “Some Aspects of the Southern Question” (1926). Available here.
  • Alfred Métraux, selections from Voodoo in Haiti (1958)
  • Simon de Beauvoir, from Hard Times (1963)
  • Ernesto de Martino, “Crisis of presence and religious reintegration” (1956). Available here.

February 13. “Crisis of Presence”

  • Ernesto de Martino, Magic: A Theory from the South (1959). Available here.

February 27. Apocalypses

  • Franz Fanon, A Dying Colonialism (1959)

March 5. Apocalypses

  • Franz Fanon, Toward the African Revolution (1964)

March 26. Apocalypses

  • Franz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1961)

April 2. Remorse

  • Ernesto de Martino, The Land of Remorse (1961)

April 9. Conclusions