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The Souls of White Folk: African American Writers Theorize Whiteness

Veronica T. Watson


The Souls of White Folks: African American Writers Theorize Whiteness is the first study to consider the substantial body of African American writing that critiques Whiteness as social construction and racial identity. Arguing against the prevailing approach to these texts (which are generally known as “white life literature”) that says African American writers retreated from issues of “race” when they wrote about Whiteness, instead this body of literature is identified as an African American intellectual and literary tradition that is named here as “the literature of white estrangement.” In c ... More

Keywords: African American literature, Whiteness, Critical whiteness studies, White double consciousness, Literature of white estrangement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617038891
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Veronica T. Watson, author