False presences: Fanon's reinforcement of the female subaltern
Pagan, Louan Isabel
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A false presence of the colonized female arises within Frantz Fanon's books Peau noire, masques blancs, L'an V de la révolution algérienne, and Les damnés de la terre. Through a close reading of these texts, this thesis aims to locate where these blind spots exist and how they are facilitated by Fanon, while also acknowledging the potential for these exclusions to be accidental. The introduction provides a brief synopsis of Fanon's life and the colonial relations of his time, namely the Algerian revolution. The first chapter deals with how Fanon's language reinforces the female subaltern through silencing, effacement, and stereotypical language. The second chapter concerns the similarities between racial and gendered power relations within his books. In the third chapter, I discuss hierarchies of power and their establishment through gendered binaries. Finally, my concluding chapter posits how addressing these false presences can lead to deeper understanding and interaction with the female subaltern in Fanon's books.
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