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The Transatlantic Origins of Double Consciousness: W.E.B. Du Bois in Germany

W.E.B. Du Bois in Paris, 1900
W.E.B. Du Bois, Paris, 1900
Wiggins, Ellwood. "The Transatlantic Origins of Double Consciousness: W.E.B. Du Bois in Germany." Transatlantic Literary History (blog). WWU Münster. October 14, 2021. https://medium.com/transatlanticism-wwu/the-transatlantic-origins-of-double-consciousness-w-e-b-du-bois-in-germany-93ceb656c222 

W.E.B. Du Bois’s concept of double consciousness is undoubtedly still relevant today. It is a valuable instrument when it comes to understanding and fighting social injustices. In his essay, Ellwood Wiggins asks where the concept originates. He emphasizes the significance of self-knowledge in transatlantic encounters. He traces the resonances of Du Bois’s double consciousness in Friedrich Schiller’s essay »On Naive and Sentimental Poetry« (»Über naive und sentimentale Dichtung«) and suggests that they have important implications for contemporary society.

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