A Historical Guide to James Baldwin

A Historical Guide to James Baldwin

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With contributions from major scholars of African American literature, history, and cultural studies, A Historical Guide to James Baldwin focuses on the four tumultous decades that defined the great author's life and art. Providing a comprehensive examination of Baldwin's varied body of work that includes short stories, novels, and polemical essays, this collection reflects the major events that left an indelible imprint on the iconic writer: civil rights, black nationalism and the struggle for gay rights in the pre- and post-Stonewall eras. The essays will also highlight Baldwin's under-studied role as a trans-Atlantic writer, his lifelong struggle with faith, and his use of music, especially the blues, as a key to unlock the mysteries of his identity as an exile, an artist, and a black American in a racially hostile era.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 144.78 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 27 black and white halftones
  • 0195366530
  • 9780195366532

About Douglas Field

Douglas Field is Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, Staffordshire University, UK and he is the book review editor for Callaloo.show more

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A Historical Guide to James Baldwin is welcome and timely. It caps a decade of renewed interest in this major twentieth-century figure and sets the terms of debate for the decade to come. Moreover, as a Baldwin scholar and a student in an undergraduate seminar on Baldwin, we can testify to how it speaks to scholars at all levels and lends itself to course adoption...This collection belongs on the shelf of any Baldwin scholar, student, or aficionado. * Brian Norman and Lauren A. Wilson, Callaloo *show more

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ; ABBREVIATIONS ; DOUGLAS FIELD ; RANDALL KENAN ; BALDWIN IN HIS TIME ; AND GIFTS OF BLACK EVANGELICALISM ; CLARENCE E. HARDY III ; D. QUENTIN MILLER ; LIEUX DE MEMOIRE WITHIN A USABLE PAST ; JUSTIN A. JOYCE & DWIGHT A. MCBRIDE ; RE-IMAGINING AMERICAN IDENTITY: ; JAMES BALDWIN AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT ; LYNN ORILLA SCOTT ; AND THE OTHER ATLANTIC ; MAGDALENA J. ZABOROWSKA ; ILLUSTRATED CHRONOLOGY ; BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY: ; THE PRICE OF THE TICKET: ; BALDWIN CRITICISM IN PERSPECTIVE ; CAROL E. HENDERSONshow more

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