Dr Fanon on colonial narcissism and anti-colonial melancholia

Wright, Colin (2017) Dr Fanon on colonial narcissism and anti-colonial melancholia. In: Narcissm, melancholia and the subject of community. Studies in the psychosocial . Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 227-258. ISBN 9783319638287 (In Press)

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Abstract

This chapter provides an outline of Fanon’s involvement in the most progressive strand of French psychiatry that became known as ‘psychothérapie institutionnelle’, as well as of his clinical response to the colonial context at the Bilda-Joinville hospital in Algeria, in order to demonstrate the strong continuities between his psychiatric practice on the one hand, and his critical writings and political activism on the other. This brief portrait of ‘Dr Fanon’ paves the way for a discussion of the impact of the Freudian concepts of narcissism and melancholia on his two best known works, Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth. I argue that through his critical (re)deployments of narcissism and melancholia, Dr Fanon controversially comes to prescribe revolutionary violence and the creation of a new militant national community as a means of ‘treatment’ for subjective yet always also social ailments.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319638287
Keywords: Frantz Fanon, Jacques Lacan, Narcissism, Melancholia
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of Culture, Film and Media
Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-63829-4
Depositing User: Wright, Colin
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2017 12:41
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 19:06
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/45483

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