Seminar 7

For this seminar, we will think about some ideas to do with the Gaze and the body schema. Read Shiloh Whitney’s paper ‘The Affective Forces of Racialization: Affects and Body Schemas in Fanon and Lorde’. Some of it is quite difficult, so don’t worry if there are things you are unsure about – we can talk about this in the discussion. Here are some questions to help you with your reading:

  1. What is meant by ‘racialization’?
  2. What is meant by ‘negrophobia’? And how does Whitney argue that this means the central affect of the White Gaze is horror not shame on Fanon’s account?
  3. Explain the psychoanalytic account of horror.
  4. What claims does Kristeva make about abjection?
  5. Explain the idea of collective catharsis and what Fanon says about it.
  6. Explain the points made with Lorde’s anecdote.
  7. What is Merleau-Ponty’s account of the body schema? Can you explain how it is related to the perception of both inner and outer space?
  8. What’s the connection between affects and solicitations for Merleau-Ponty?
  9. How does Fanon develop Merleau-Ponty’s ideas to do with the body schema?
  10. What does Fanon mean when he says the historical-racial schema is a kind of ‘affective ankylosis of the white man’?
  11. What is meant by the idea of ‘metabolizing racial affects’?

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