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Eugene Victor Wolfenstein - A Gift of the Spirit: Reading The Souls of Black Folk - 9780801473531 - 9780801473531
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A Gift of the Spirit: Reading The Souls of Black Folk

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Description for A Gift of the Spirit: Reading The Souls of Black Folk Paperback. Series: Psychoanalysis and Social Theory. Num Pages: 192 pages, 22 halftones. BIC Classification: 1KBB; JFSL3. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 229 x 152 x 12. Weight in Grams: 285.

In A Gift of the Spirit, Eugene Victor Wolfenstein offers a reading of W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk aimed at demonstrating its organic unity and coherence. He takes as his interpretive key the experience of the color line with which Du Bois's narrative begins—the incident from his youth in which a white girl refused his offer of a visiting card. Wolfenstein contends that this instance of misrecognition makes visible an aesthetic and affective configuration involving insult and injury, both racial and personal; anger as the immediate response to the humiliating wound; and, when that anger ... Read more

With its serious and respectful approach to this canonical work in African American social theory, A Gift of the Spirit is a fitting tribute to the enduring relevance of Du Bois's singular achievement.

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Cornell University Press
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Psychoanalysis and Social Theory
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Ithaca, United States
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About Eugene Victor Wolfenstein
Eugene Victor Wolfenstein is Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Los Angeles and from 1988 to 2002 was a member of the faculty of the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute. His previous books include Inside/Outside Nietzsche: Psychoanalytic Explorations, also from Cornell, Psychoanalytic-Marxism: Groundwork, and The Victims of Democracy: Malcolm X and the Black Revolution.

Reviews for A Gift of the Spirit: Reading The Souls of Black Folk
"Political theorists have only recently begun to give W. E. B. Du Bois's work the careful and close readings it deserves. Victor Wolfenstein's detailed and subtle interpretation of The Souls of Black Folk is a major contribution to this new and welcome trend, and with great insight makes the case for the value of a sustained, psychoanalytic reading of Du ... Read more

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