Frantz Fanon: Peau noire, masques blancs [Black Skin, White Masks] (3617 words)

  • Ashwinee Pendharkar (University of Auckland)


Published in 1952, Peau Noire, Masques Blancs (hereafter, PNMB) by Frantz Fanon is an impassioned analysis of the psychopathology of European colonialism, the racism inherent in this project, and its psychological impact on the victims of colonisation. PNMB was translated into English as Black Skin, White Masks (BSWM) by Charles Lam Markmann in 1967. This essay follows the 2008 edition of Markmann’s translation.

PNMB/BSWM remains one of the most significant works by Fanon, and also of the 20th Century. It has influenced scholars, activists, various fields of study and social justice movements.

The work originates in Fanon’s personal experience of …

Pendharkar, Ashwinee. "Peau noire, masques blancs". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 November 2016
[, accessed 22 August 2017.]

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