A Historical Guide to James Baldwin

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Oxford University Press, Sep 24, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages
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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 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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
A Brief Biography
21
The Burdens and Gifts of Black Evangelicalism
61
James Baldwin and Music
83
Lieux de Mémoire and a Usable Past
111
James Baldwin and the Civil Rights Movement
141
James Baldwin and the Other Atlantic
177
Illustrated Chronology
213
The Price of the Ticket Baldwin Criticism in Perspective
233
Contributors
253
Index
257
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Douglas Field is Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, Staffordshire University, UK and he is the book review editor for Callaloo.

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