A poststructuralist reading of Fanon
in Frantz Fanon, postcolonialism and the ethics of difference
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Chapter 2 goes on to analyse Bhabha’s appropriation of Fanon to promote postcolonial studies in the 1980s. Before challenging the more general postcolonial use that has been made of Fanon, the discussion takes us through careful readings of Bhabha’s primary influences. The main aim of the chapter is twofold: first, to outline how Bhabha deploys Lacan’s psychoanalytical theory and Derrida’s deconstructive criticism as critical tools to interpret the work of Fanon; and second to problematize the appropriation of Fanon in postcolonial and cultural studies. The chapter seeks to challenge Bhabha’s reading of the ‘dissembling self’ in Black Skin, White Masks as a poststructualist notion and his reading of The Wretched of the Earth’s politics as undialectical and transhistorical, as postmodern based on partial truths.

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