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Color & culture : Black writers and the making of the modern intellectual

Author: Ross Posnock
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998.
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In this book, Ross Posnock shows that black writers, far from being recent arrivals, were arguably the first modern American intellectuals. W.E.B. Du Bois's ideal of a "higher and broader and more varied human culture" is at the heart of a cosmopolitan tradition that Posnock identifies as a missing chapter in American literary and cultural history. The book offers a much needed historical perspective on "black  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Posnock, Ross.
Color & culture.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998
(DLC) 98011604
(OCoLC)38257956
Named Person: W E B Du Bois; Alain Locke; Alain Locke; W E B Du Bois; Alain LeRoy Locke; W E B Du Bois; Alain Locke
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ross Posnock
ISBN: 9780674042339 0674042336
OCLC Number: 607714421
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (353 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction: Culture Has No Color 1. After Identity Politics 2. The Unclassified Residuum 3. Black Intellectuals and Other Oxymorons: Du Bois and Fanon 4. The Distinction of Du Bois: Aesthetics, Pragmatism, Politics 5. Divine Anarchy: Du Bois and the Craving for Modernity 6. Motley Mixtures: Locke, Ellison, Hurston 7. The Agon Black Intellectual: Baldwin and Baraka 8. Cosmopolitan Collage: Samuel Delany and Adrienne Kennedy Notes Works Cited Index
Other Titles: Color and culture
Responsibility: Ross Posnock.

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In this book, Ross Posnock shows that black writers, far from being recent arrivals, were arguably the first modern American intellectuals. W.E.B. Du Bois's ideal of a "higher and broader and more varied human culture" is at the heart of a cosmopolitan tradition that Posnock identifies as a missing chapter in American literary and cultural history. The book offers a much needed historical perspective on "black intellectuals" as a social category, ranging over a century - from Frederick Douglass to Patricia Williams, from Du Bois, Pauline Hopkins, and Charles Chesnutt to Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alain Locke, from Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin to Samuel Delany and Adrienne Kennedy. These writers challenge two durable assumptions: that high culture is "white culture" and that racial uplift is the sole concern of the black intellectual.

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