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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 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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