Historical Fiction as Sociological Interpretation and Philosophy: on the Two Methodological Registers of W. E. B. Du Bois' The Black Flame [Book Review]


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Amir Jaima
Texas A&M University
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Between 1957 and 1961, W. E. B. Du Bois wrote a lengthy work of historical fiction, a trilogy collectively titled The Black Flame. Through the lenses of four American families, the narrative offers an illuminating glimpse into the American, political drama of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing on the degree to which “the negro problem” featured in important decisions and events. Reiterating ideas found in his other works—like Black Reconstruction —the narrative foregrounds the gravity of the “Negro Problem” in the formation and constitution of American culture and political institutions.While this paper will examine a few of the specific arguments that emerge from The Black...
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DOI 10.2979/trancharpeirsoc.53.4.05
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