November 19, 2016: presenting at the Race, Place, and Capital Workshop.

I'll be presenting:

Du Bois and the Fluid Subject: Dark Princess and the Splendid Transnational


In this paper I argue that W. E. B. Du Bois’s conception of the black subject undergoes a radical transformation during the 1920s. During this decade Du Bois no longer attempts the impossible task of being “A Negro and an American” but instead crafts a transnational subject position from which to face racial injustice. We see the evolution of this critique throughout the decade of the 1920s, and the particular material differentiation in Du Bois’s writings during this period: Darkwater (1920), “The Negro Mind Reaches Out” (1925), and Dark Princess (1928). Informed by Du Bois’s aesthetic writings and John Bryant’s concept of the fluid text, I examine the fluidity of the subject during this decade and consider both the contrasts between these texts and the actual textual material as objects of interpretation.


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