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American Comparative Literature Association: “W. E. B. Du Bois and the Aesthetic Impulse” (presentation)
March 29, 2018 - April 1, 2018
Panel: The Aesthetics of Excess: Baroques, Blackness and the Will to Adorn
Paper: “W. E. B. Du Bois and the Aesthetic Impulse”
This paper explores the impulse toward abstractionist visual aesthetics in W. E. B. Du Bois’s novel Dark Princess. This impulse fulfills the German Romanitic aesthetic idealism outlined in “The Criteria of Negro Art,” and the essay collection The Souls of Black Folk.