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Diasporas of the MindJewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History$
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Bryan Cheyette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093186

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093186.001.0001

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Diaspora and Colonialism

Diaspora and Colonialism

Frantz Fanon, Albert Memmi and the Cosmopolitan Jew

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(p.43) 2 Diaspora and Colonialism
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Diasporas of the Mind
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Bryan Cheyette

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300093186.003.0002

This chapter examines the haunting figure of the disembodied luftmensch, coupled with the overdetermined black body, in the resonant life and work of Frantz Fanon. It argues that the rootless cosmopolitan was most obviously imbricated in a Semitic racial discourse in the first half of the twentieth century, not least in France, which was the optic through which Fanon, and other black writers, perceived the condition of diasporic rootlessness.

Keywords:   diasporic imagination, Frantz Fanon, rootless cosmopolitan, racial discourse

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