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Humanities 2014, 3(4), 517-545; doi:10.3390/h3040517

No Lords A-Leaping: Fanon, C.L.R. James, and the Politics of Invention

History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High St, CA 95064, USA
Received: 21 July 2014 / Revised: 25 September 2014 / Accepted: 25 September 2014 / Published: 2 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Encounters between Literature and Philosophy)
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What happens to Fanonism when, instead of resistance or liberation, it becomes a discourse of invention? What happens to Fanon’s critique of colonialism and his imagining of a decolonial future, when that critique and imagining are staked not on the refusal of racial humanity itself (in the sense of an appeal to a “new humanism”…), but in the sense that Fanonism itself, as such, would be a discourse and reading of invention? In this essay I compare Fanon’s reading of invention with that of C.L.R. James’s reading of spontaneity in Notes on Dialectics. View Full-Text
Keywords: Frantz Fanon; C.L.R. James; Hegel; will; invention; Lenin; sovereignty Frantz Fanon; C.L.R. James; Hegel; will; invention; Lenin; sovereignty
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Marriott, D. No Lords A-Leaping: Fanon, C.L.R. James, and the Politics of Invention. Humanities 2014, 3, 517-545.

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