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date: 15 October 2019

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This article investigates why W. E. B. Du Bois combined existential, racial, and environmental themes in his essay Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil. It analyzes how natural beauty gave rise to the combination of anti-racist protest and imported German romanticism in this work and highlights its potential contribution to a better understanding of the intersection of race, romanticism and modernism in the ecocritical tradition. It suggests that Du Bois’s explorations of the double environments of (black) Jim Crow and (white) national parks in the essay foreground practices of segregation across both natural and urban spaces.

Keywords: W. E. B. Du Bois, Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, natural beauty, anti-racist protest, German romanticism, romanticism, modernism, ecocritical tradition, practices of segregation

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