Friday, 23 October 2015

1964 Oct 22 Jean Paul Satre declines the Nobel Prize for Literature

Volume 41, Issue 3, 2015, Pages 59-78

Department of History, Northern Illinois University, United States


This article considers two famous works published in France during the Algerian War and forever after interpretively linked: Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth and Jean-Paul Sartre’s Preface to Fanon’s book. It argues that yoking together the two texts has distorted key features of each, in particular as they relate to the multiform problem of violence. To overcome a misreading of Fanon’s position by Sartre, the analysis presented here uses the under-examined clinical case studies in the final chapter of Wretched to emphasize Fanon’s acknowledgment of violence as a source of trauma, not only a means by which trauma is transcended. It then attempts to explain Sartre’s reinterpretation of Fanon’s message in light of ongoing postwar debates within the French intellectual Left about the revolutionary potential of violence in metropolitan France. © 2015, Berghahn Journals, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Author keywords

Algerian War; Frantz Fanon; Jean-Paul Sartre; Trauma; Violence
ISSN: 03157997Source Type: Journal Original language: English
DOI: 10.3167/hrrh.2015.410305Document Type: Article
Publisher: Berghahn Journals, Ltd