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Few modern voices have had as profound an impact on the black identity and critical race theory as Frantz Fanon, and Black Skin, White Masks represents some of his most important work. Fanon’s masterwork is now available in a new translation that updates its language for a new generation of readers.
A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world, Black Skin, White Masks is the unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world. Hailed for its scientific analysis and poetic grace when it was first published in 1952, the book remains a vital force today from one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history.
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About the Author
Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was born in Martinique and studied medicine in France, specializing in psychiatry. Sent to a hospital in Algeria, he found his sympathies turning toward the Algerian Nationalist Movement, which he later joined. He is considered one of the most important theorists of the African struggle for independence and of the psychology of race.
Richard Philcox is the distinguished translator of many works by Caribbean writer Maryse Condé.
Table of Contents
The Black Man and Language 1
The Woman of Color and the White Man 24
The Man of Color and the White Woman 45
The So-Called Dependency Complex of the Colonized 64
The Lived Experience of the Black Man 89
The Black Man and Psychopathology 120
The Black Man and Recognition 185
The Black Man and Adler 185
The Black Man and Hegel 191
By Way of Conclusion 198
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Frantz Fanon February 11, 2009 Surprisingly I read Black Skin White Masks in two days. I had heard that this was a difficult book to read and understand but I did not have any trouble with it. Mr. Fanon did use plenty of medical terminologies however they could be understood within the context of the sentence. I did wish that Mr. Fanon had gone more into why certain African Americans were Expatriates in Paris during the 1920s to the 1950s. If France was so racist and biased as he state in his book why would Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker choose to live there. I also wished he had included his thoughts on The Harlem Renaissance and writer Zora Neale Hurston. Monday, April 20, 2009 Excellent book. Some say his books are difficult to read but despite some of the medical/psychiatric terminologies he was always on point and what he writes is still relevant in today's world. He is a fantastic writer whose analogies and stories resonant with the 21st century reader. I look forward to reading his other books.
An absolutely must read for anyone of any race - it's not just for the black revolutionary. It's a well reasoned book with a clear understanding of black identity. For any minority struggling between assimilation and integration, this book puts things in perspective and hopefully helps make the non-minorities irrelevant in determining personal worth. For non-minorities, I hope it enlightens about history, emotion, and psyche. For all its polarizing passages, it ends on a hopeful message.