“Cops, the harbingers of the enemy”

Discussing the Relevance of Fanon’s Literatures of Combat in N.K. Jemisin’s “The City Born Great.”

Authors

  • Madeleine Beaulieu Department of English & Film Studies, University of Alberta

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29173/spectrum98

Abstract

Frantz Fanon’s rebound book Wretched of the Earth discusses his theories and understandings of decolonization, specifically the role of art and culture and how it is affected by a colonizer. In this essay, I analyze whether his theories can be applied to N.K. Jemisin’s short story “The City Born Great,” from her collection of short stories How Long ’Til Black Future Month?, which considers the diaspora, not the colonized nations that Fanon considers in his own writings. Through her reflection of the realities of a people, and her portrayal of an “awakener” of the people, I conclude that although Jemisin does write literature of combat, a term coined by Fanon to include anti-colonial writing and art, she does so in a way that uniquely reflects the African-American diaspora that “The City Born Great” considers and reflects.

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Published

2021-05-17

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Social Sciences & Humanities