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- DescriptionSeizing the Word offers a comprehensive reading of the work of W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963), a pivotal figure in the intellectual life of nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. As a historian, journalist, velist, poet, and social and literary critic, this extraordinary man profoundly influenced our understanding of the African American experience. Following his initial discussion of Du Bois's earliest writing, Keith E. Byerman posits The Souls of Black Folk (1903) as a master text that established the tropes of doubleconsciousness and the veil for which Du Bois is kwn, and incorporated the various genres through which he voiced his understanding of the world. The remainder of the study discusses Du Bois's works as elaborations of the master text within and against the contemporary discourses on history, art, and self. Throughout Byerman examines the connections between the personal and intellectual aspects of Du Bois's life to reveal the intense engagement with moral and ideological issues found even in texts that Du Bois represented as objective. At the same time, in order to present some of the complexity and conflict that runs through Du Bois's work, Byerman identifies the tensions and patterns in Du Bois's writing that cross disciplines or genres. Instead of focusing on one aspect of Du Bois's career, Seizing the Word attempts a more synthetic approach, primarily by examining Du Bois in terms of contemporary literary and cultural theory, most tably Lacan's Law of the Father and Erikson's work on identity.
- Author BiographyKeith E. Byerman is a professor of English at Indiana State University. He is the author or editor of six books including Remembering the Past in Contemporary African American Fiction and Fingering the Jagged Grain: Tradition and Form in Recent Black Fiction (Georgia).
- Author(s)Keith E Byerman,Keith Eldon Byerman
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication15/08/2010
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight390 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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