Black Skin, White Masks

by Frantz Fanon

Paperback, 1994

Status

Available

Publication

Grove Press (1994), 232 pages

Description

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.

User reviews

LibraryThing member IsotropicJoseph
I found this for sale on a street corner in New York. It was somebody's old, dogeared copy. It's tough reading, particularly from the perspective of a modern, quite progressive, white guy.
I find the firy hot anger Fanon towards white society within Fanon's, while justified, is painful.
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Unfortunately, I can't say that it's dated and no longer relevant.
If you've just watched Obama's speech on race and you need some scholarly follow up, I highly recommend this collection of his essays.
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LibraryThing member DinadansFriend
This is an extended essay regarding the current dominant culture of the world, the Western Christian one. Can a black man, being conversant with this culture be truly said to be completely black? This is the beginning of the cultural appropriation debate. Well argued.
LibraryThing member soualibra
Black Skin, White Masks is a 1952 book by Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist and intellectual from Martinique. 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.
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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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LibraryThing member b.masonjudy
Fanon flayed me. His rich and concise prose, arguments, have considerable breadth for such a slim volume. His points about the culpability of all in a society for the atrocities those in power inflict, is moving, damning, and necessary.
LibraryThing member Quickpint
Fanon is probably a better and more likeable human being than many of his French existentialist contemporaries, with whom he is associated (I am thinking of Sartre specifically). However, the fact this book was written, published, and remains lauded and in print, and that its author went on to such
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enduring prominence, is a potent expression of what befell the Western world after the disastrous wars of the first half of the twentieth century. Granted that Fanon might have been an okay person, this is a muddled book that for the most part offers either conceits or platitudes. If it has any discernible central thesis at all, Fanon wants a complete break with the past so that a new reciprocally validating humanity can be built by "always asking questions". Implicit throughout is an explicitly denied prejudice that it would be effortless for the white man to do this, and that he is morally obliged to.
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Language

Original language

English
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