Lure and Loathing by Various
Essays on Race, Identity, and the Ambivalence of Assimilation

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W.E.B. du Bois, perhaps one of the greatest intellectuals in American history, wrote a classic book about the "double consciousness" of black Americans. This remains the most timely, most quoted, and in some ways the most misunderstood appraisal of the tenuous psychological position of the black in America ever written. Gerald Early approached 15 black intellectuals and artists and asked them to respond in essay form to the problem of a black split-level consciousness posed by du Bois and "what does is mean to be black or African American?". This book is a collection of those original essays.

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Cornell University graduate Gerald Early is an essayist and professor at Washington University. Early was the director of African and Afro-American studies at Washington University and the director of the American Culture Studies Program. He was also named the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in Arts and Sciences. His essays have been included in Harpers, The New Republic, and Hungry Mind Review. His books include One Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American Culture, Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity and Ambivalence of Assimilation, and Body Language: Writers on Sport. Early received the National Book Critics Circle Award for his book The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Literature, Prizefighting, and Modern American Culture.
Published October 1, 1992 by Viking Penguin. 351 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Eric Lincoln suggests that while ``the browning of America'' will redefine racial reality, it could either render ``the notion of Du Boisian dubiety'' obsolete, or multiply Du Boisian ``fragments of self-consciousness.'' Others look within their specialties: Yale law professor Stephen Carter argu...

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