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Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 264–278 | Cite as

Fanon in Algeria: a case of horizontal (post)-colonial encounter?

  • Sidi M. OmarEmail author
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Abstract

This article will examine Frantz Fanon’s involvement in the Algerian liberation struggle and the impact that this experience had on him, as reflected in his book Les damnés de la terre [The Wretched of the Earth] (1961). Above all, the aim is to demonstrate that Fanon’s experience in Algeria sheds more light on the dynamics of interaction among (post)-colonial cultures themselves. By foregrounding this under-researched question of horizontal encounter between (post)-colonial cultures, the article will also look into some of the key problematic issues raised by these kinds of exchanges.

Keywords

national culture anti-colonial violence post-colonial subjectivity horizontal post-colonial encounter 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universitat Jaume ICastellónSpain

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