Cosmopolitanism in the Fictive Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois: Toward the Humanization of a Revolutionary Art. By Samuel O. Doku. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2015. xxiii, 190 pp. Cloth, $80.00; e-book, $79.99.

Meditating on the expansive horizons of DuBois’s literary and historical imagination, this work outlines DuBois’s cosmopolitan visions. Doku focuses on DuBois’s five novels and early short story “Of the Coming of John” (1903) to argue for an evolution from “classical humanism and Africology” to heterogeneous cosmopolitanisms in his thinking. Critical work by theorists including James Clifford and Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo augment Doku’s formulation of the avant-garde, discrepant, and black cosmopolitanisms that shape DuBois’s intellectual trajectory. This work will be of interest to scholars of African and African American studies, diaspora, cosmopolitanism, and modernism.

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