Kafka's Monkey and Other Phantoms of Africa


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Even though many of France's former colonies became independent over fifty years ago, the concept of "colony" and who was affected by colonialism remain problematic in French culture today. Seloua Luste Boulbina, an Algerian-French philosopher and political theorist, shows how the colony's structures persist in the subjectivity, sexuality, and bodily experience of human beings who were once brought together through force. This text, which combines two works by Luste Boulbina, shows how France and its former colonies are haunted by power relations that are supposedly old history, but whose effects on knowledge, imagination, emotional habits, and public controversies have persisted vividly into the present. Luste Boulbina draws on the work of Michel Foucault, Frantz Fanon, and Édouard Glissant to build a challenging, original, and intercultural philosophy that responds to blind spots of inherited political and social culture. Kafka's Monkey and Other Phantoms of Africa offers unique insights into how issues of migration, religious and ethnic identity, and postcolonial history affect contemporary France and beyond.


Translator's Introduction

Prologue: Thinking the Colony

Part I: Kafka's Monkey and Other Reflections on the Colony

1. With Respect to Kafka's Monkey

2. Challenging Historical Culture

3. The Colony, Mirage, and Historical Reality

Part II: Africa and its Phantoms: Writing the Afterward


1. Saving One's Skin

2. History, an Interior Architecture

3. Language, an Internal Politics

4. Sexed Space and Gender Unveiled

5. Having a Good Ear


Part III: Epilogue: From Floating Territories to Disorientation





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Date de parution 24 mai 2019
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9780253041937
Langue English

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