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Ethnicity and Cultural Authority: From Arnold to Du Bois

Daniel G. Williams


Writing in 1903, W. E. B. Du Bois suggested that the goal for the African American was ‘to be a co-worker in the kingdom of culture’. He was evoking ‘culture’ as a solution to the divisions within society, thereby adopting, in a very different context, an idea that had been influentially expressed by Matthew Arnold in the 1860s. Du Bois questioned the assumed universality of this concept by asking who, ultimately, is allowed into the ‘kingdom of culture’? How does one come to speak from a position of cultural authority? This book adopts a transatlantic approach to explore these questions. It c ... More

Keywords: Du Bois, cultural authority, Matthew Arnold, kingdom of culture, William Dean Howells, Yeats, the West, postcolonial theory, civic nationalism, ethnic nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748622054
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel G. Williams, author