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. In Black Skin, White Masks – first published in – Frantz Fanon offers a potent philosophical, clinical, literary and political analysis of the. tf!lo my body, make of me always a man who questions! Black Skin, White Masks. In the popular memory of English socialism the mention of. Frantz Fanon stirs a.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Charles Lam Markmann Translation. A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world, Black Skin, White Masks is frxntz unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world.
Hailed for its scientific analysis and poetic grace when it was first published in franhz, the book remains a vital force today. Paperbackpages. Published by Grove first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Marion I don’t know about editions but there’s currently only 1 translation from french which apparently is not very good to the point where it changes some …more I don’t know about editions but there’s currently only 1 translation from french which apparently is not very good to the point where it changes some of Fanon’s concepts.
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Lists with This Book. Feb 29, Bookdragon Sean rated it liked it Shelves: Black Skins White Masks is a scary book. Fanon argues that language is t Black Skins White Masks is a scary book. Fanon argues that language is the key and it had a profound effect to the human psyche. This is achieved through a similar education and an acceptance of white culture. Later in the book, Fanon suggests that these blacks who are trying to be whiter should whte in their endeavours.
They should remember their heritage and recognise that differences will always exist between two cultures. He recognised that the black man, although embracing white blac, is still treated as inferior; therefore, there is little point in doing so because a patronising relationship will only be achieved.
This is a stark observation, true, but also very idealistic. The racism would be even worse. Any more than the white man.
Both must turn their back on the inhuman voices which were those of their respective ancestors in order that authentic communication be possible. Before he can adopt a positive voice, freedom require an effort at disalienation.
At the beginning of his life a man is skn clotted, he is drowned in contingency. The tragedy of man is that he was once a child. The sad thing is that a book like this actually had to be written. It bears a strong message, and the style is persuasive and emotionally engaging: Stylistically speaking, this book is remarkable.
However, Fanon was a product of his time. He is misogynistic and incredibly homophobic. The females barely have a voice and the homosexuals are linked with women as an indirect insult. To be gay is to be no less a man. Womanhood has nothing to do with it.
Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
The explosion will not happen today. It is too soon…or too late. There is plenty to critique in this book, and I think the urge to critique is heightened by the author’s ubiquity. For one, Fanon is deeply misogynist and homophobic. He writes that it is in refusing to acknowledge the black man that the white man strips him of his subjectivity, and yet he writes nary a word about the black woman.
The greatest irony of the book is that the chapter entitled “The Woman of Color and the White Man” is really a chapter about how black men perceive black women, and it There is plenty to critique in this book, and I think the urge to critique is heightened by the author’s ubiquity.
The greatest irony of the book is that the chapter entitled “The Woman of Color and the White Man” is really a chapter about how black men perceive black women, and its central point is this: Black women bear the children of white men because they believe that by whitening their race they shall earn prestige, and in doing so black women abandon the role they should be playing assuring black men of their virility. No wonder later writers like bell hooks would lash out against Fanon.
His remarks on white women and homosexual men are equally subjugating: They both want black men to rape them. For another, Fanon is a trained psychiatrist, and fqnon chapter titles like “The Black Man and Psychopathology” indicate, he is invested in using the psychoanalysic practices of people like the Freuds, Jung, and Lacan to analyze the relation between colonizing and colonized peoples.
Perhaps blaco just that psychoanalysis has run its course in cultural theory — xkin perhaps that it’s just become so banal, which amounts to roughly fnaon same thing — but I found the long passages on dream interpretations rather dull and not terribly persuasive. Appiah concedes this point in his introduction to the Grove edition. These criticisms aside, however, what I think remains most valuable in Black Skin, White Masks is the fact that at heart it’s a small, personal book — a meditation on the author’s own experiences as a black male intellectual — that can’t quite live up to the reputation it has earned as the record of an entire generation.
Despite the “vintage” gender politics and analytic practices, Fanon’s book conveys a palpable sense of subjective hurt, and also a surprisingly conciliatory desire to forge new, mutually beneficial relationships with white people. Of course, the second best reason to read the book remains its influence; after all, it’s hard to read Glissant, Silverman, Hartman, or many others, without first making a pit-stop here. Recommended for literary and cultural historians.
View all 6 comments. Apr 24, Adira rated it really liked it Shelves: I appreciate this book whhite the way it turned the mirror back on me and made me question certain practices I have in the context of my “Blackness” and how I’ve been conditioned to assimilate to tanon European cultural practices that I can never truly be a part of by de facto.
My only negative comment is that I wish Fanon would have devoted real time to looking at the I appreciate this book and the way it turned the mirror back on me and made me question certain practices I have in the context of my “Blackness” and how I’ve been conditioned to assimilate to certain European cultural practices maek I can never truly be a part of by de facto.
My only negative comment is that I wish Fanon would have devoted real time to looking at the woman of color and her personal struggles with Whites, but alas, he is a man of color so he may not have been able to truly blcak it any better justice than he did in this book. Yet, I do find it increasingly frustrating frnatz so many philosophers of color turn a blind eye to problems that women of color have in regards to the psychological pains that have been left over from Slavery, Colonization, and Blacm reign across the Diaspora, but I digress.
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Apr 05, Aubrey rated it liked franz Shelves: Purely and simply this: When a bachelor of philosophy from the Antilles refuses to apply for certification as a teacher on the ground of his color, I say that philosophy has never saved anyone. When someone else strives and strains to prove to me that black men are as intelligent as white men, I say that intelligence has never saved anyone; b,ack that is true, for, if philosophy and intelligence are invoked to proclaim the equality of men, they have also been employed t 3.
When someone else strives and strains to prove to me that black men are as intelligent as white men, I say that intelligence has never saved anyone; and that is true, for, if philosophy and intelligence are invoked to proclaim the equality of men, they have also been employed to justify the extermination of men.
I’m giving this one more of a benefit of a doubt because it was never written with me, a white woman, in mind, as well as the simple fact that Fanon is worth reading period. For every contemptuous generalization and psychoanalytic obsession there is pure, inspiring, snarky genius that is as applicable to these Ferguson times as they were when they were written, and I won’t hesitate to utilize all I can get my hands on, intended audience or no.
Once and for all I will state this principle: A given society is racist or it is not. One thing Fanon does exceedingly well in this work is take all the defensive subjectivity that bigotry has been imbued with and give it back to those affected.
However, his stating that he is not using the story of one to generalize for all doesn’t help when every black woman is stripped of agency and every homosexual is defined as a mental illness.
It is these particular aspects that, among others, show the triumphs and failures of the conversational style Fanon wrote this work in. I know, I know, the angry black woman is a trope, but if this didn’t result in anger, I’d be concerned. To these objections I reply that the subject of our study is the dupes and those who dupe them, the alienated, and that if there are white men who behave naturally when they meet Negroes, they certainly do not fall within the scope of our examination.
There’s also a pointing out of “Yes, representation is good, but the people who are dying because of this shit get first priority,” which bears reiterating in any neoliberal context.
Black Skin, White Masks
The prose is great, at any rate. I wonder sometimes whether school inspectors and government functionaries are aware of the role they play in the colonies. For twenty blakc they poured every effort into programs that would make the Negro a white man. In the end, they dropped him and told him, “You have an indisputable complex of dependence on the white man.
I cannot wait to get my hands on Notebook of a Return to the Native Land because of all of Fanon’s glorious quotebombing. It was much like a Goodreads Review in that respect, which was interesting while it lasted. This book is a must-read for any young person of colour who has found himself existentially agitated by, what one might call, his “condition”. I don’t mean that in a negative, medical sense; I mean it as in any condition, like the human condition.
It’s simply false to imply that it means nothing to be coloured in a post-colonial world. We can agree that it shouldn’t mean anything, but it does, and so we have to grapple with that, and Frantz Fanon is a good way in. It’s written elegantly and it’s This book is a must-read for any young person of colour who has found himself existentially agitated by, what one might call, his “condition”.
It’s written elegantly and it’s simple to understand. The blaco is clearly extremely well-versed in intellectual matters and provides an arsenal of sources and texts to analyse in order to prove his points. This doesn’t make it tedious as you might imagine; it takes you on a journey through intellectual thought around the post-colonial race-relations situation, and reveals quite some interesting literature that you might not have known before.
A word of warning,though, and he mentions this specifically himself: It’s quite obvious that he wishes to push the envelope every now and again, to make more general claims, and sometimes fqnon work and you connect profoundly with what is being said.
At other times, not so much; but at those times you must remind mmask that this is an attempt at an intellectual work, not merely a rhetorical treatise, so you ought to consider that he is saying something specific about Martinique and France on those occasions.