chapter  9
FANON, TRAUMA AND CINEMA
ByE.ANN KAPLAN
Pages 12

I first encountered Fanon in a so-called “Marxist-Feminist Reading Group” in the early 1970s. Preoccupied as we were with questions of revolution, we read the Fanon of The Wretched of the Earth, especially the powerful chapter “On National Culture.” We looked for parallels between Fanon’s notion of “native” versus colonial cultures, and the disjunction that we were experiencing between “feminist” and dominant male cultures in the 1970s. In effect, we sought parallels between the trauma of colonialism and the trauma of gender difference.