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Black Skin, White Masks: Introduction
Black Skin, White Masks: Plot Summary
Black Skin, White Masks: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Black Skin, White Masks: Themes
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Brief Biography of Frantz Fanon
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- Full Title: Black Skin, White Masks (French: Peau noire, masques blancs)
- When Written: 1951-52
- Where Written: Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole, France
- When Published: 1952 (English translation 1967)
- Literary Period: Midcentury postcolonial theory
- Genre: Postcolonial and psychoanalytic theory
- Setting: The book passes through a variety of different regions of the world, but is mainly focused on France and the French Antilles (colonies in the Caribbean), including Fanon’s homeland of Martinique.
- Climax: When Fanon describes a young white boy shouting on the train: “Look, a negro!”
- Antagonist: White colonial society
- Point of View: Fanon writes in the first person from his perspective
Extra Credit for Black Skin, White Masks
Secret spying. Fanon was one of many 20th century black radicals who was secretly kept under surveillance by the FBI because they saw him as a potential threat to national security—which should serve to illustrate how radical some of his ideas were at the time.
An ongoing legacy. Fanon is one of the earliest and most important influences in the development of the radical theoretical framework known as Afro-pessimism, which theorizes that existing conceptions of blackness and humanity are essentially irreconcilable.