Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual

Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual By Ross Posnock, 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 color line Du Bois s ideal of a higher and broader and varied human culture is at the heart of a cosmopolitan tradition that Color and Culture identifies as a missing chapter in American literary and cultural history The book oThe coining of the term intellectuals in 1898 coincided with W E B Du Bois s effort to disseminate values and ideals unbounded by the color line Du Bois s ideal of a higher and broader and varied human culture is at the heart of a cosmopolitan tradition that Color and Culture identifies as a missing chapter in American literary and cultural history The book offers a much needed and startlingly new 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.The remarkable tradition that this book recaptures, culminating in a cosmopolitan disregard for demands for racial authenticity and group solidarity, is strikingly at odds with the identity politics and multicultural movements of our day In the Du Boisian tradition Posnock identifies a universalism inseparable from the particular and open to ethnicity an approach with the power to take us beyond the provincialism of postmodern tribalism.. Color and Culture Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual The coining of the term intellectuals in coincided with W E B Du Bois s effort to disseminate values and ideals unbounded by the color line Du Bois s ideal of a higher and broader and varied huma

  • Title: Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual
  • Author: Ross Posnock
  • ISBN: 9780674003798
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
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