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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


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


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


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


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