Sorrow Songs and Self-Knowledge: The Politics of Recognition and Tragedy in W. E. B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk

@article{Kirkland2015SorrowSA,
  title={Sorrow Songs and Self-Knowledge: The Politics of Recognition and Tragedy in W. E. B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk},
  author={Paul E. Kirkland},
  journal={American Political Thought},
  year={2015},
  volume={4},
  pages={412 - 437}
}
This article takes up the philosophical influences on Du Bois and argues that these help us to see his distinct contribution to political thought. It examines the way in which his treatment of cultural alternatives offers an alternative to the dominant strand of American commercial life and reveals limits to politics. The considerations of politics and culture found in The Souls of Black Folk exhibit the way in which spiritual strivings, directed toward political fulfillment, ultimately… Expand
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