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Fanon For Beginners
Deborah Wyrick, Ph.D.
ISBN: 9781934389874
Book (Paperback)
For Beginners
6 x 9
192 pages
B&W Illustrations throughout
September 9, 2014


Philosopher, psychoanalyst, politician, propagandist, prophet...although difficult to categorize, Frantz Fanon (1925Ė1961) is one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century and one of our most powerful writers on race and revolution.

The book opens with a biography, following Fanon from his birthplace of Martinique through combat in World War II and education in France, to his heroic involvement in the fights for Algerian independence and African decolonization. After a brief discussion of Fanonís political and cultural influences, the main section of the book covers the three principal stages of Fanonís thought:

  • the search for black identity, as presented in Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon's stunning diagnosis of racism
  • the struggle against colonialism, as explained in "A Dying Colonialism" and "Toward the African Revolution," essays centering on Algeriaís war of independence
  • the process of decolonization, as analyzed in The Wretched of the Earth, the book that extended insights gained in Algeria to Africa and the Third World

Fanon For Beginners concludes by examining Fanonís influence on political practice, such as the Black Power movement in the United States, on literary theory, and on political studies showing how his works and words continue to have a profound impact on contemporary cultural debate.

Dr. Deborah Baker Wyrick received her Ph.D. in English from Duke University, her M.A. from North Carolina State University, and her B.A. in Art History from Duke University. Dr. Wyrick currently resides in Cary, North Carolina where she is the Senior Writer & Editor at Yellow House Design. She is retired from her position as a Professor of English at North Carolina State University.
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