Death-bound subjectivity : Fanon’s zone of nonbeing and the Lacanian death drive

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dc.description.abstract Is there a distinctive form of political agency that emerges from the conditions of ‘death-bound subjectivity’? Fanon’s idea of the zone of nonbeing suggests that this is indeed the case. Yet there is an omission in the secondary literature on Fanon in this respect. While a renowned Fanon scholar like Lewis Gordon usefully explores how the zone can be understood as domain of ontological erasure, he typically fails to elaborate on the revolutionary potential of the concept. The nature of the psychical processes underlying this passage to revolutionary agency remains unclear. Of such agency we might ask: what is the animating factor that underlies, that drives the passionate attachment to such death-bound causes? Lacan’s reconceptualization of the death drive as ethical cause—which, to be sure, represents a dramatic departure from the original Freudian conceptualization of a ‘death instinct’—is presented here as a useful auxiliary concept to Fanon’s zone of nonbeing. With speculative reference to the ethical dimension of the Lacanian death drive as a mode of surplus life which both underlies an unceasing fidelity to a cause and delivers the subject to a zone between life and death, we are able to offer an account of the agency of radical negativity that the zone of nonbeing engenders. en_ZA
dc.description.department Psychology en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2021-11-03
dc.description.librarian hj2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Hook, D. Death-bound subjectivity: Fanon’s zone of nonbeing and the Lacanian death drive. Subjectivity 13, 355–375 (2020). en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1755-6341 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1755-635X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1057/s41286-020-00109-6
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Springer en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020, Springer Nature Limited. The original publication is available at : en_ZA
dc.subject Agency en_ZA
dc.subject Death drive en_ZA
dc.subject Fanon en_ZA
dc.subject Lacan en_ZA
dc.subject Zone of nonbeing en_ZA
dc.title Death-bound subjectivity : Fanon’s zone of nonbeing and the Lacanian death drive en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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