Success and failure : Frantz Fanon and Lamine Senghor as (false) prophets of decolonization

Murphy, David (2015) Success and failure : Frantz Fanon and Lamine Senghor as (false) prophets of decolonization. Nottingham French Studies, 54 (1). pp. 92-106. ISSN 0029-4586

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    Abstract

    Frantz Fanon has often been hailed as the great prophet of decolonization. At the same time, his most severe critics have accused his work of providing intellectual-political cover for some of the worst excesses of the newly independent regimes. This article builds on David Macey's contextualizing work in order to think in a more general fashion about the processes involved in deeming a given thinker or movement to be either a failure or a success, comparing Fanon's legacy with that of Lamine Senghor, a neglected anti-colonial militant of the interwar period.