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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