Even though many of France's former colonies became independent over fifty years ago, the concept of "colony" and who was affected by colonialism remain problematic in French culture today. Seloua Luste Boulbina, an Algerian-French philosopher and political theorist, shows how the colony's structures persist in the subjectivity, sexuality, and bodily experience of human beings who were once brought together through force. This text, which combines two works by Luste Boulbina, shows how France and its former colonies are haunted by power relations that are supposedly old history, but whose effects on knowledge, imagination, emotional habits, and public controversies have persisted vividly into the present. Luste Boulbina draws on the work of Michel Foucault, Frantz Fanon, and Édouard Glissant to build a challenging, original, and intercultural philosophy that responds to blind spots of inherited political and social culture. Kafka's Monkey and Other Phantoms of Africa offers unique insights into how issues of migration, religious and ethnic identity, and postcolonial history affect contemporary France and beyond.
Prologue: Thinking the Colony
Part I: Kafka's Monkey and Other Reflections on the Colony
1. With Respect to Kafka's Monkey
2. Challenging Historical Culture
3. The Colony, Mirage, and Historical Reality
Part II: Africa and its Phantoms: Writing the Afterward
1. Saving One's Skin
2. History, an Interior Architecture
3. Language, an Internal Politics
4. Sexed Space and Gender Unveiled
5. Having a Good Ear
Part III: Epilogue: From Floating Territories to Disorientation
Through a series of complex and sophisticated philosophical interventions, Seloua Luste Boulbina reevaluates the history of colonialism, subjectivities in Africa, gender issues, and race relations in Africa."
Frieda Ekotto, author of Race and Sex across the French Atlantic
Seloua Luste Boulbina's analyses are seething with insight, brilliant in their tone, and way way beyond what "postcolonial studies" imagines it needs to do. She assaults the reader with a series of pricks to the skin and conscience that are too obvious and evident and unseen and unnoticed until she shows them to us."
Laura Ann Stoler, author of Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times