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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.
Chronology; 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.