Frantz Fanon

By Pramod K. Nayar

Series Editor: Robert Eaglestone

© 2013 – Routledge

162 pages

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About the Book

Frantz Fanon has established a position as a leading anticolonial thinker, through key texts such as Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth. He has influenced the work of thinkers from Edward Said and Homi Bhabha to Paul Gilroy, but his complex work is often misinterpreted as an apology for violence.

This clear, student-friendly guidebook considers Fanon’s key texts and theories, looking at:

  • Postcolonial theory’s appropriation of psychoanalysis
  • Anxieties around cultural nationalisms and the rise of native consciousness
  • Postcoloniality’s relationship with violence and separatism
  • New humanism and ideas of community.

Introducing the work of this controversial theorist, Pramod K. Nayar also offers alternative readings, charting Fanon’s influence on postcolonial studies, literary criticism and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Beginning Fanon Life and Contexts 1. Race and Psychoanalysis 2. On Violence 3. Decolonization 4. A New Humanism? Further Fanon

About the Author/Editor

Pramod K. Nayar teaches English at the University of Hyderabad, India.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General