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The Cambridge Companion to W. E. B. Du Bois


Part of Cambridge Companions to American Studies

Shamoon Zamir, Sieglinde Lemke, Jennifer Terry, Carmiele Y. Wilkerson, Kimberly Springer, Ange-Marie Hancock, Axel Schaefer, Wilson Jeremiah Moses, Richard King, Michael Stone-Richards
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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521692052

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  • W. E. B. Du Bois was the pre-eminent African American intellectual of the twentieth century. As a pioneering historian, sociologist and civil rights activist, and as a novelist and autobiographer, he made the problem of race central to an understanding of the United States within both national and transnational contexts; his masterwork The Souls of Black Folk (1903) is today among the most widely read and most often quoted works of American literature. This Companion presents ten specially commissioned essays by an international team of scholars which explore key aspects of Du Bois's work. The book offers students a critical introduction to Du Bois, as well as opening new pathways into the further study of his remarkable career. It will be of interest to all those working in African American studies, American literature, and American studies generally.

    • Covers the full range of Du Bois's work in literature, journalism, politics and social science
    • Explains Du Bois's role in African American history, with a chronology of his life and times
    • Analyses The Souls of Black Folk, his best known work, in depth
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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521692052
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Shamoon Zamir
    1. The Souls of Black Folk: thought and afterthought Shamoon Zamir
    2. 'Of the Coming of John' Sieglinde Lemke
    3. The fiction of W. E. B. Du Bois Jennifer Terry
    4. Du Bois and the 'New Negro' Carmiele Y. Wilkerson and Shamoon Zamir
    5. Du Bois, Black leadership and civil rights Kimberly Springer
    6. Du Bois, race and diversity Ange-Marie Hancock
    7. Du Bois on race: economic & cultural perspectives Axel Schaefer
    8. Africa and Pan-Africanism in the thought of Du Bois Wilson Jeremiah Moses
    9. The place of W. E. B. Du Bois in American and European intellectual history Richard King
    10. Race, Marxism and colonial experience: Du Bois and Fanon Michael Stone-Richards
    Guide to further reading.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • African American Voice Since 1877
    • American History Core, 1877 - 1980
    • Political Theory of the African Diaspora
    • The Writings of W.E.B. DuBois
    • W.E.B. DuBois Seminar
  • Editor

    Shamoon Zamir, King's College London
    Shamoon Zamir is Reader in American Studies at King's College London.


    Shamoon Zamir, Sieglinde Lemke, Jennifer Terry, Carmiele Y. Wilkerson, Kimberly Springer, Ange-Marie Hancock, Axel Schaefer, Wilson Jeremiah Moses, Richard King, Michael Stone-Richards

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