Thursday, July 20, 2017

Frantz Fanon — A Basic Reading Guide

Frantz Fanon mural, in the morning,” by Bruce Clarke

Frantz Omar Fanon (20 July 1925 – 6 December 1961) was a Martinique-born Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary, and writer whose works are influential in the fields of post-colonial studies, critical theory, and Marxism. As an intellectual, Fanon was a political radical, Pan-Africanist, and Marxist humanist concerned with the psychopathology of colonization, and the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization.”

  • Bulhan, Hussein Abdilahi. Frantz Fanon and the Psychology of Oppression. New York: Plenum Press, 1995. 
  • Cherki, Alice (Nadia Benabid, tr.) Frantz Fanon: A Portrait. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006.  
  • Fanon, Frantz (Richard Philcox, tr.) Black Skin, White Masks. New York: Grove Press, 2008 (Éditions du Seuil, 1952). 
  • Fanon, Frantz (Richard Philcox, tr.) The Wretched of the Earth. New York: Grove Press, 2004 (Présence Africaine, 1961).  
  • Fanon, Frantz. A Dying Colonialism. New York: Grove Press, 1994 (Monthly Review Press, 1965; in French, 1959). 
  • Fanon, Frantz (Haakon Chevalier, tr.) Toward the African Revolution. New York: Grove Press, 1988 (Monthly Review Press, 1967).  
  • Fanon, Frantz (Nigel C. Gibson, ed.) Decolonizing Madness: The Psychiatric Writings of Frantz Fanon. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 
  • Gibson, Nigel C., ed. Rethinking Fanon: The Continuing Dialogue. Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 1999.  
  • Gordon, Lewis R. Fanon and the Crisis of European Man: An Essay on Philosophy and the Human Sciences. New York: Routledge, 1995. 
  • Gordon, Lewis R. What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015.  
  • Gordon, Lewis R., T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, and Renee T. White, eds. Fanon: A Critical Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1996.  
  • Hudis, Peter. Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades. London: Pluto Press, 2015. 
  • Lee, Christopher J. Frantz Fanon: Toward a Revolutionary Humanism. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2015. 
  • Macey, David. Frantz Fanon: A Biography. London: Verso, 2nd ed., 2012.  
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul. “Colonialism is a System,” Les Temps Modernes, No. 123, March-April 1956 (speech made at a rally ‘for peace in Algeria’), reprinted in Jean-Paul Sartre, Colonialism and Neocolonialism (Azzedine Haddour, Steve Brewer, and Terry McWilliams, tr.) New York: Routledge, 2001: 30-47. 
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul. Preface to Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth (1961), reprinted in Jean-Paul Sartre, Colonialism and Neocolonialism (Azzedine Haddour, Steve Brewer, and Terry McWilliams, tr.) New York: Routledge, 2001: 136-155.  
  • Sekyi-Otu, Ato. Fanon’s Dialectic of Experience. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996. 
  • Zeilig, Leo. Frantz Fanon: The Militant Philosopher of the Third World Revolution. London: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd., 2016.
A related bibliography on “Pan-Africanism, Black Internationalism, & Black Cosmopolitanism” is here.


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