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In the Kingdom of Whomever: Baldwin’s Method

David Kurnick

in Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151519
eISBN:
9781400840090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151519.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

James Baldwin is not only one of the more notable Anglophone twentieth-century novelists to attempt continually and with minimal success to enter the theater. He is also one of the major inheritors ... More


Moving on

Henry Plotkin

in Necessary Knowledge

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780198568285
eISBN:
9780191584961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568285.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Models and Architectures

Conway Lloyd Morgan in Britain and James Mark Baldwin in the USA, near contemporaries of one another, shared several other characteristics. Each had a philosophical sophistication unusual amongst the ... More


Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel

David Kurnick

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151519
eISBN:
9781400840090
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151519.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

According to the dominant tradition of literary criticism, the novel is the form par excellence of the private individual. This book challenges this consensus by re-examining the genre's development ... More


Introduction

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This introduction provides an overview of James Baldwin’s work in the 1980s and why it has been overlooked. Against the conventional narrative of Baldwin’s “decline,” a fresh look at his late work ... More


All Those Strangers: The Art and Lives of James Baldwin

Douglas Field

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780199384150
eISBN:
9780199384181
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384150.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The book examines how James Baldwin’s fiction and nonfiction shaped and responded to key political and cultural developments in the United States from the 1940s to the 1980s. It is animated by an ... More


James Baldwin: Religion, Race, and the Love of Humanity

Carol Wayne White

in Black Lives and Sacred Humanity: Toward an African American Religious Naturalism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823269815
eISBN:
9780823269853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823269815.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter illustrates Baldwin’s efforts during the mid-twentieth century to enhance race relations in the United States with an expanded view of humanity and our capacity to love each other. It ... More


“Going to Meet the Man” in Abu Ghraib

Hiram Pérez

in A Taste For Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781479818655
eISBN:
9781479846757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479818655.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

This chapter presents James Baldwin’s short story, “Going To Meet the Man,” as a rescripting of Freud’s Oedipal scene, introducing the black male as a triangulating figure vis-à-vis the (white) male ... More


A Political Companion to James Baldwin

Susan J. McWilliams (ed.)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813169910
eISBN:
9780813174761
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169910.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

In this text, a group of prominent scholars assesses James Baldwin’s relevance to present-day political challenges. Together, they address Baldwin as a democratic theorist, activist, and citizen, ... More


Cutting Session: Baldwin as Prizefighting Intellectual, Baldwin as Improvising Intellectual

in The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226554235
eISBN:
9780226554259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226554259.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter investigates the contingencies among American masculinity, American citizenship, and African American identity. It argues that James Baldwin's essays, like “The Fight,” punched out ... More


Character and Identity

Michaela Bronstein

in Out of Context: The Uses of Modernist Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190655396
eISBN:
9780190655426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190655396.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, World Literature

What is the appeal and use of a charismatic character? Henry James’s attempt to preserve an ideal of vivid character associated with older genres like romance becomes part of James Baldwin’s set of ... More


Remembering race

Bill Schwarz

in Memories of Empire, Volume I: The White Man's World

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199296910
eISBN:
9780191730887
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296910.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This is largely a theoretical chapter which reviews the debates about both racial identity – the question of racial whiteness – and about the role of memory in the making of racial identities. It ... More


Searching for the New Black Man: Black Masculinity and Women's Bodies

Ronda C. Henry Anthony

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037344
eISBN:
9781621039259
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037344.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Using the slave narratives of Henry Bibb and Frederick Douglass, as well as the work of W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, Walter Mosley, and Barack Obama, this book examines how women’s bodies are ... More


Bedroom: Marcel Proust and James Baldwin

Marta Figlerowicz

in Spaces of Feeling: Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501714221
eISBN:
9781501714245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501714221.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

“Bedroom” describes representations of supposed cognitive autonomy, through self-seclusion, in the novels of Marcel Proust and James Baldwin. The protagonists of Proust’s and Baldwin’s novels retreat ... More


The Welcome Table: Intimacy, AIDS, and Love

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines Baldwin’s unpublished play, The Welcome Table, within the context of the AIDS epidemic. While it is only mentioned explicitly in a few early passages, the AIDS crisis serves as ... More


Baldwin

Vincent W. Lloyd

in Religion of the Field Negro: On Black Secularism and Black Theology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780823277636
eISBN:
9780823280575
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823277636.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The black American writer James Baldwin famously broke with his youthful formation as a preacher, transferring his creative energies from the pulpit to the pen. The chapter argues that Baldwin’s ... More


Losing the March

Kevin J. Mumford

in "Not Straight, Not White": Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626840
eISBN:
9781469628073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626840.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

At the height of the civil rights movement, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, and Bayard Rustin each spoke out for social justice, and yet their sexual lives deviated from the expectations of ... More


James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Joseph Vogel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Few literary figures are as commonly referenced in contemporary culture as James Baldwin. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, the election of Donald Trump, and daily debates about walls, ... More


James Baldwin's Exile: Theory, Circumstance, and the Real of Language

Henry Sussman

in Idylls of the Wanderer: Outside in Literature and Theory

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823227693
eISBN:
9780823235278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823227693.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter examines African American novelist James Baldwin's experience of exile in terms of circumstance, theory, and language. It states that Baldwin experienced exile in ... More


Boris Vian and James Baldwin in Paris: Are We a Blues People, Too?

Rashida K. Braggs

in Jazz Diasporas: "Race, Music, and Migration in Post-World War II Paris"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520279346
eISBN:
9780520963412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520279346.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter conjoins the literature and experiences of white French writer and musician Boris Vian and African American writer James Baldwin to explore how the authors' in-depth listening to blues ... More


The Price of the Beat: Black Popular Music and the Crossover Dream

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter draws on James Baldwin’s final novel, Just Above My Head, to explore the complex role of the black “crossover” artist in America. How have black popular artists been read, represented, ... More


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