Du Bois, Nineteenth-Century Prophetic Culture, and the Anti-Liberal Literary Tradition

Laura Scales

Stonehill College

Laura Thiemann Scales is Associate Professor in the Department of English and teaches courses in American Literature and culture. Her teaching and research interests include the novel and narrative theory; gender, race, and reform; U.S. religious culture; and the city and American landscape. Her current book project examines the influence of prophets and spirit-mediums on ideas of narrative selfhood in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She completed her Ph.D. at Harvard University.


Laura Thiemann Scales analyzes Du Bois’s choice to cast himself as a new John Brown in a climate of crisis, and shows how Du Bois was influenced by several nineteenth-century strains of prophetic thinking besides Brown’s,... [ view full abstract ]


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P55 » Religious Climates and the Formation of US Literary History (15:45 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment B)

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