Strange Encounter of the Third Kind

W. E. B. Du Bois, C. L. R. James and Western Civilisation

Authors

  • Hess Andreas

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7146/serendipities.v4i1–2.123386

Keywords:

W.E.B. Du Bois, C.L.R. James, Marxism

Abstract

In this paper the author takes issue with the notion of the Black Atlantic as discussed by the British scholar Paul Gilroy. While sympathising with the overall perspective it criticises Gilroy's uncritical, almost iconographic, approach to black intellectual celebrities such as W. E. B. Du Bois and C. L. R. James and particularly their discussion of Marxist tropes and communist politics.

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Published

2020-12-15

How to Cite

Andreas, H. (2020) “Strange Encounter of the Third Kind: W. E. B. Du Bois, C. L. R. James and Western Civilisation”, Serendipities. Journal for the Sociology and History of the Social Sciences, 4(1–2), pp. 49–59. doi: 10.7146/serendipities.v4i1–2.123386.