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Frantz Fanon and René Maran
in Frantz Fanon’s 'Black Skin, White Masks
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This chapter explores how the idea of a gap in being that is both inexpressible and yet deeply haunting comes to inhabit Frantz Fanon's response to the fiction of René Maran. In their different ways, both Fanon and Maran struggle with an image of black life as one haunted, as one, in effect, spellbound by a racist imaginary. In fact, embedded in Fanon's dialectic of love, recognition and desire is the sexual stereotype of the black man driven by the effects of internal and external prohibitions and decrees, displaced on to the typically '"maddening" blonde'. Like Maran, Fanon uses the mother to symbolise those anxieties or gaps introduced by the phobic fantasy of the 'nègre' and, as such, he also seems driven to exclude her from his writing.

Frantz Fanon’s 'Black Skin, White Masks

New interdisciplinary essays

Editor: Max Silverman

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