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James Baldwin’s Religion: Sex, Love, and the Blues

Douglas Field

in All Those Strangers: The Art and Lives of James Baldwin

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780199384150
eISBN:
9780199384181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384150.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 3 examines Baldwin’s relationship to the church and to Pentecostalism. Despite the saturation of biblical images in his writing (not to mention several works that are set in the church), few ... More


The Melancholy of Faith: Reading the Gendered and Sexual Politics of Testifying in James Baldwin’s and

Jermaine Singleton

in Cultural Melancholy: Readings of Race, Impossible Mourning, and African American Ritual

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039621
eISBN:
9780252097713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039621.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter addresses the question of how unresolved racial grief works through the demands of capital, racialization, and sacred ritual practice to enact a gender hierarchy. It thinks through James ... More


Go Tell It on the Mountain: James Baldwin and the Politics of Faith

Wilson Carey McWilliams

in A Political Companion to James Baldwin

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813169910
eISBN:
9780813174761
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169910.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter treats Baldwin’s religiosity as a means of exploring both relevant cultural factors shaping Baldwin’s writing as well as examining the foundational, evangelist tenets of Baldwin’s faith ... More


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