In this essay I will focus on some theoretical issues concerning Fanon’s thinking. The aim is to grasp the influence his thought has exerted over the theories of some of the scholars of the postcolonial field – such as Homi Bhabha and Gayatri Spivak – but also to emphasize the turns that the latter have impressed on his conceptual legacy. These authors all share an interdisciplinary outlook in which the often unorthodox use of psychoanalytical categories allows not only to critically analyze the relationship with otherness and the processes of identification, but also to evoke the entrance on the stage of politics of the mute and motionless subjects of Western history: the colonized, migrant and subordinate; as Rancière would say “la part des sanspart”, in reference to those who are excluded from the democratic process. The aim of ‘provincializing’ the dominant narrative of Western modernity is inseparable from the need to properly theorize processes of political subjectivation capable of producing effects within the folds of such a discourse
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