Contents Preface, with Acknowledgments Foreword by Sonia Dayan-Hezbrun Introduction On What a Great Thinker Said Chapter 1 "I Am from Martinique" Chapter 2 Writing through the Zone of Nonbeing Chapter 3 Living Experience, Embodying Possibility Chapter 4 Revolutionary Therapy Chapter 5 Counseling the Damned Conclusion Requiem for the Messenger Afterword by Drucilla Cornell
Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs; European Union Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Universite Toulouse Jean Jaures, France; and Nelson Mandela Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa. His books include Existentia Africana; Disciplinary Decadence; An Introduction to Africana Philosophy; and, with Jane Anna Gordon, Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age. Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun is University Professor Emerita of the Social Sciences at the University of Paris-Diderot. Drucilla Cornell is Professor of Political Science, Women's and Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She also teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London, and the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
"Gordon is interested in understanding and correcting the systematic delegitimization of black intellectuals, both in philosophy and within the broader scope of theory...This is how Gordon pertinently introduces considerations of race and racism within the epistemological field, engaging his readers to be more perceptive with regard to what could be called a 'colour line in theory'." -- -Lucy Kim-Chi Mercier Radical Philosophy 198 "Gordon allows us to read Fanon in new and different ways, contextualizing his thought in a wide arc of knowledge-from St. Augustine and traditional Akan philosophy to contemporaries such as De Beauvoir, Sartre, and Senghor, to more recent continental philosophers. Along the way, Gordon incorporates relevant debates from contemporary theoretical movements such as critical race theory. What Fanon Said is a provocative and illuminating study." -- -Abdul R. JanMohamed, University of California, Berkeley University of California, Berkeley "Gordon has contextualised Fanon's words in an impressive analysis of his texts in relation to other thinkers and critics." -Socialist Review "In the hands of Lewis Gordon, What Fanon Said, becomes what Frantz Fanon says to us today. The book brings alive the revolutionary thought and practice of Fanon into the continuing struggles for structural economic, political, social, and psychic transformations of our world. The struggle against anti-black racism is an integral part of it, and Gordon's Fanon is the many-sided thinker who saw it all and give it words of fire in his works, particularly Black Skin, White Masks and The Damned of the Earth." -Ngugi wa Thiong'o, author of Wizard of the Crow, from the Wits University Press edition