A Justice Site
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Created: September 18, 2000
Latest update: May 14, 2001
- Q&A on Double Consciousness Serena Thomas' questions. Link added March 14, 2002.
Excerpted from the Souls of Black Folks. External Site. Scroll about two inches down the file. Paragraphs 3 and 4.
- Double Consciousness
- W.E.B. Du Bois" "The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study "(1899)Good methods review as well as scholarly precedent on the understanding of racism, and particularly of the peculiar relationship between the U.S. and Blacks today.
- Black Classic Vocies
- W.E.B. Du Bois, The Man
- CFP: Whiteness & Double Consciousness (1/12/01; ALA, 5/24/01-5/27/01)
This proposed panel for the May, 2001 conference of the American Literature Association seeks contributors who are interested in pursuing new modes for dealing with whiteness in African American literature with specific attention to Du Bois's idea of double consciousness. Whiteness studies in American literature over the last few years has provided considerations of how African American authors depict and interrogate whiteness. While recent books and articles have shown, as David Roediger says, that "African Americans have been among the nation's keenest students of white consciousness and white behavior," what is lacking in this scholarship is a model of what whiteness signifies in African American literature similar to the model for what blackness signifies in white American literature that Toni Morrison offers in "Playing in the Dark." Given that a significant part of Morrison's model is the unconscious way in which blackness informs the white imaginary, any model for investigating whiteness in African American literature in the mode of Morrison's theory would have to take into consideration W. E. B. Du Bois's idea of double consciousness. Because of the experience of being black in America, according to DuBois, African Americans have a heightened awareness of both their own blackness and of the whiteness around them, making it so that the presence of whiteness in texts by black authors would be much more self-conscious and self-reflexive than the presence of blackness in texts by white authors.
Please email a one-page abstract by January 12, 2001 to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- W.E.B. Du Bois Quote
- "Four Du Boisian Contributions to Critical Race Theory" by John Shuford (University of Oregon).