File spoon-archives/postcolonial.archive/postcolonial_2000/postcolonial.0012, message 36


Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 08:38:16 -0500
Subject: Re: "Fantastic" rides and Fanon


I don't have LES DAMNES DE LA TERRE at hand, but your citation of the 
French helps. Maybe this is simplistic, but the "chevauchee 
figurative" could allude back to possession - the "riding" of a body 
(the "horse") by a spirit in vodoun. While this moves away from 
Fanon, in HAITI, HISTORY, AND THE GODS, Joan Dayan makes some 
interesting connections between the symbolic and physical acts used 
to legitimate French colonial power and the development of certain 
ritual practices in Haiti.

- Aletha Stahl

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Sa ou pa sav gran pasť'w. (Matnik)
Sa ou pa konnen pi gran pasť'w. (Ayiti)
What you don't know is greater than you.


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