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Postcolonial Perspectives on the Cultures of Latin America and Lusophone Africa$
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Robin Fiddian

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235668

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313851

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Caribbean Masks: Frantz Fanon and Alejo Carpentier

Caribbean Masks: Frantz Fanon and Alejo Carpentier

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(p.169) Chapter Seven Caribbean Masks: Frantz Fanon and Alejo Carpentier
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Postcolonial Perspectives on the Cultures of Latin America and Lusophone Africa
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Stephen Henighan

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235668.003.0008

This chapter examines Alejo Carpentier's Caribbean novel El siglo de las luces and Frantz Fanon's Caribbean treatise Peau noir, masques blancs. The work by Aimé Césaire laid the intellectual foundations for both Fanon's and Carpentier's work. The juxtaposition of these works opens up the thorny question of the usefulness and consequences of meshing postcolonial discourse with Latin American cultural production. The oscillation between these two extremities makes up the central tension to be taken into account when observing the interplay of postcolonial theory and Latin American culture. This chapter shows that Carpentier's history of the French Caribbean warns the contradictions of the context which created Fanon.

Keywords:   Alejo Carpentier, El siglo de las luces, Frantz Fanon, Peau noir, Aimé Césaire, postcolonial theory, Latin American culture

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