By Ross POSNOCK
The coining of the time period "intellectuals" in 1898 coincided with W. E. B. Du Bois's attempt to disseminate values and beliefs unbounded through the colour line. Du Bois's excellent of a "higher and broader and extra diversified human tradition" is on the middle of a worldly culture that Color and Culture identifies as a lacking bankruptcy in American literary and cultural heritage. The ebook bargains a miles wanted and startlingly new ancient viewpoint on "black intellectuals" as a social type, 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. those writers problem sturdy assumptions: that prime tradition is "white tradition" and that racial uplift is the only obstacle of the black intellectual.
The striking culture that this ebook recaptures, culminating in a worldly omit for calls for for racial "authenticity" and team cohesion, is strikingly at odds with the id politics and multicultural events of our day. within the Du Boisian culture Posnock identifies a universalism inseparable from the actual and open to ethnicity--an process with the facility to take us past the provincialism of postmodern tribalism.
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Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellect by Ross POSNOCK