W. E. B. Du Bois and the Dilemma of "Race"

Bruce Jr., Dickson D.
June 1995
American Literary History;Summer1995, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p334
Academic Journal
This article focuses on writer W.E.B. Du Bois. It is not too much to say that Du Bois's analysis of the impact of race in America, especially his oft-cited notion of double-consciousness, has virtually framed most, if not all, subsequent studies of minority American cultural forms, including, particularly, minority American literatures. However focused Du Bois's own analysis was on African-American experiences, his delineation of a divided self wrought by the historical dynamics of inclusion and exclusion and, most importantly, his laying the groundwork for a definition of that division in cultural terms has represented a genuine paradigm not only for scholarship but for the creative representation of the dilemmas of a hyphenated identity.


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