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The coining of the term "intellectuals" in 1898 coincided with W.E.B. Du Bois's effort to disseminate values and ideals unbounded by the colour line. Du Bois's ideal of a "higher and broader and more varied human culture" is at the heart of a cosmopolitan tradition that this text identifies as a missing chapter in American literary and cultural history. This text offers an 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 Chestnutt to Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alain Locke. 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674003798
ISBN-10: 0674003799
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 144mm x 19mm)
Pages: 371
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ross Posnock

Ross Posnock is Professor of English at New York University.

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