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Next to the Color Line

Gender, Sexuality, and W. E. B. Du Bois

2006

Susan Gillman and Alys Eve Weinbaum, editors

Next to the Color Line

Interrogates Du Bois on questions of race, gender, and sex

This provocative collection investigates how W. E. B. Du Bois approached gender and sexuality. The essays in Next to the Color Line not only reassess his politics but also demonstrate his relevance for today's concerns.

Contributors: Hazel V. Carby, Vilashini Cooppan, Brent Hayes Edwards, Michele Elam, Roderick A. Ferguson, Joy James, Fred Moten, Shawn Michelle Smith, Mason Stokes, Claudia Tate, Paul C. Taylor.

Next to the Color Line would certainly benefit anyone looking to develop a more sophisticated view of Du Bois.

Journal of American Studies

Although W. E. B. Du Bois did not often pursue the connections between the “Negro question” that defined so much of his intellectual life and the “woman question” that engaged writers and feminist activists around him, Next to the Color Line argues that within Du Bois’s work is a politics of juxtaposition that connects race, gender, sexuality, and justice.

This provocative collection investigates a set of political formulations and rhetorical strategies by which Du Bois approached, used, and repressed issues of gender and sexuality. The essays in Next to the Color Line propose a return to Du Bois, not only to reassess his politics but also to demonstrate his relevance for today’s scholarly and political concerns.

Contributors: Hazel V. Carby, Yale U; Vilashini Cooppan, U of California, Santa Cruz; Brent Hayes Edwards, Rutgers U; Michele Elam, Stanford U; Roderick A. Ferguson, U of Minnesota; Joy James, Williams College; Fred Moten, U of Southern California; Shawn Michelle Smith, St. Louis U; Mason Stokes, Skidmore College; Claudia Tate, Princeton U; Paul C. Taylor, Temple U.

Next to the Color Line

Susan Gillman is professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Alys Eve Weinbaum is associate professor of English at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Next to the Color Line

Next to the Color Line would certainly benefit anyone looking to develop a more sophisticated view of Du Bois.

Journal of American Studies

Next to the Color Line provides a pageant of critical acuity, an estimable addition to the multiplying continents of the Du Bois world.

Comparative Literature Studies

This collection forces us to recognize issues of gender and sexuality that may escape detection when the concern is not on the who and where one falls in the matrix of racial ideology.

African American Review

Next to the Color Line

Contents

Introduction: W.E.B.Du Bois and the Politics of Juxtaposition Susan Gillman and Alys Eve Weinbaum

1 Move On Down the Line:Domestic Science, Transnational Politics,and Gendered Allegory in Du Bois Vilashini Cooppan
2 Profeminism and Gender Elites: W.E.B.Du Bois,Anna Julia Cooper, and Ida B.Wells-Barnett Joy James
3 Interracial Romance and Black Internationalism Alys Eve Weinbaum
4 Late Romance Brent Hayes Edwards
5 Race and Desire:Dark Princess: A Romance Claudia Tate
6 Du Bois’s Erotics Michele Elam and Paul C.Taylor
7 The Souls ofBlack Men Hazel V.Carb
8 “W.E.B.Du Bois”:Biography ofa Discourse Roderick A.Ferguson
9 Father ofthe Bride:Du Bois and the Making ofBlack Heterosexuality Mason Stokes
10 Uplift and Criminality Fred Moten
11 Second-Sight:Du Bois and the Black Masculine Gaze Shawn Michelle Smith
12 Pageantry,Maternity,and World History Susan Gillman

Contributors
Publication History

Index