Conversations with James Baldwin

The Black Scholar Interviews James Baldwin The Black Scholar / 1973 From The Black Scholar , 5 ( December 1973 – January 1974 ) , 33-42 . Reprinted by permission . James Baldwin was born on August 2 , 1924 , in New York City , the first ...

Author: James Baldwin

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 0878053891

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 297

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Selected interviews with the American writer shares his observations on his life and career, politics, Civil Rights, and the role of the artist

James Baldwin s God

During their argument , the son , David , like the young James Baldwin , shows his determination to leave the care of his family and church to follow his muse into the nightclubs , where sweaty bodies sway in their celebration of the ...

Author: Clarence E. Hardy

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 1572332301

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 147

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"James Baldwin's relationship with black Christianity, and especially his rejection of it, exposes the anatomy of a religious heritage that has not been wrestled with sufficiently in black theological and religious studies. In James Baldwin's God: Sex, Hope, and Crisis in Black Holiness Culture, Clarence Hardy demonstrates that Baldwin is important not only for the ways he is connected to black religious culture, but also for the ways he chooses to disconnect himself from it. Despite Baldwin's view that black religious expression harbors a sensibility that is often vengeful and that its actual content is composed of illusory promises and empty theatrics, he remains captive to its energies, rhythms, languages, and themes. Baldwin is forced, on occasion, to acknowledge that the religious fervor he saw as an adolescent was not simply an expression of repressed sexual tension but also a sign of the irrepressible vigor and dignified humanity of black life." "In one of his later extended essays, James Baldwin remembered how his stepfather, David Baldwin, a one-time Baptist minister, died because of his "unreciprocated love for the Great God Almighty," James Baldwin's God engages most directly those aspects of Baldwin's work that address the substance and character of this unrequited love for a Christian God that is depicted as both silent before black suffering and as white - i.e., actively opposed to the flourishing of black life. Despite his consistent portrayal of a black holiness culture full of energy and passion, Baldwin implicitly condemns the fact that the principal backdrop to black people's conversion to Christianity in the United States is shame and not hope. Hardy's reading of Baldwin's texts, with its goal of understanding Baldwin's attitude toward a religion that revolves around an uncaring God in the face of black suffering, provides provocative reading for scholars of religion, literature, and history."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

James Baldwin

A Collection of Critical Essays James Baldwin, Keneth Kinnamon. i TWENTIETH CENTURY VIEWS The aim of this series is to.

Author: James Baldwin

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: UOM:39015004693597

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 169

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The literary themes and impact of the Black novelist and playwright are explored as well as his characterization of fathers, sons, mothers, and whores

James Baldwin s Go Tell it on the Mountain

He has published papers on the works of James Baldwin , Tennessee Williams , David Mamet , Jerome David Salinger , as well as papers on literary theory and aesthetics in Hungary and abroad . Margo Natalie Crawford is assistant professor ...

Author: Carol E. Henderson

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820481580

Category: History

Page: 162

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The publication of James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain ushered in a new age of the urban telling of a tale twice told yet rarely expressed in such vivid portraits. Go Tell It unveils the struggle of man with his God and that of man with himself. Baldwin's intense scrutiny of the spiritual and communal customs that serve as moral centers of the black community directs attention to the striking incongruities of religious fundamentalism and oppression. This book examines these multiple impulses, challenging the widely held convention that politics and religion do not mix.

Re viewing James Baldwin

After Notes of a Native Son ( and , to a lesser degree , Nobody Knows My Name ) Baldwin's nonfiction , like his fiction , became more experimental . Essays from these first two collections are brilliant for their rhetoric , their ...

Author: Daniel Quentin Miller

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 1566397375

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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This new collection of essays presents a critical reappraisal of James Baldwin's work, looking beyond the commercial and critical success of some of Baldwin's early writings such as Go Tell it on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son. Focusing on Baldwin's critically undervalued early works and the virtually neglected later ones, the contributors illuminate little-known aspects of this daring author's work and highlight his accomplishments as an experimental writer. Attentive to his innovations in style and form, Things Not Seen reveals an author who continually challenged cultural norms and tackled matters of social justice, sexuality, and racial identity. As volume editor D. Quentin Miller notes, "what has been lost is a complete portrait of [Baldwin's] tremendously rich intellectual journey that illustrates the direction of African-American thought and culture in the late twentieth century." This is an important book for anyone interested in Baldwin's work. It will engage readers interested in literature and African-American Studies. Author note: D. Quentin Miller is Assistant Professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN.

The Liberation Theology of James Baldwin

Two Works of Skill that Illustrate the Power of Baldwin . " Rev . of The Price of the Ticket and Evidence of Things Not Seen , by James Baldwin . Philadelphia Enquirer 1 Dec . 1985 : Mlt . Library Journal 15 June 1967 : 2428 .

Author: Patricia Lorine Schnapp


ISBN: STANFORD:36105034310909

Category: Liberation theology

Page: 352

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A Historical Guide to James Baldwin

11. In addition to the Baldwin biographies, I consulted Carol Polsgrove, Taylor Branch, Arthur Schlesinger, Kenneth B. Clark, and Jean Stein. 12. Robert Kennedy reached an agreement with Senator James Eastland from Mississippi not to ...

Author: Douglas Field

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019971066X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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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.

James Baldwin s Later Fiction

9 Biographies of James Baldwin include David Leeming, James Baldwin: A Biography (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); James Campbell, Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin (New York: Penguin, 1991 ); W. J. Weatherby, ...

Author: Lynn O. Scott

Publisher: MSU Press

ISBN: 9780870139543

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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James Baldwin’s Later Fiction examines the decline of Baldwin’s reputation after the middle 1960s, his tepid reception in mainstream and academic venues, and the ways in which critics have often mis-represented and undervalued his work. Scott develops readings of Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Just Above My Head that explore the interconnected themes in Baldwin’s work: the role of the family in sustaining the arts, the price of success in American society, and the struggle of black artists to change the ways that race, sex, and masculinity are represented in American culture. Scott argues that Baldwin’s later writing crosses the cultural divide between the 1950s and 1960s in response to the civil rights and black power movements. Baldwin’s earlier works, his political activism and sexual politics, and traditions of African American autobiography and fiction all play prominent roles in Scott’s analysis.

James Baldwin

Margolies, Edward, 'Struggles for Space: Stephen Crane, James Baldwin, Ann Petry, Bernard Malamud', in New York and the Literary Imagination: The City in Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Company, ...

Author: Douglas Field

Publisher: Northcote House Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780746312025

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 128

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A clear overview and analysis of James Baldwin's life and work. This study provides an engaging overview and clear analysis of the fiction, non-fiction and drama of African- American writer James Baldwin (1924-1987). Whilst giving close attention to Baldwin's popular works such as Go Tell it on the Mountain and Another Country, it also explores other important but less well known themes and texts, including the use of the blues, masculinity, race and sexuality.

James Baldwin

Baldwin, p. 106. 9. Colm Tóibín, “The Henry James of Harlem: James Baldwin's Struggles,” Guardian, September 14, 2001, jamesbaldwin. 10. Teju Cole, “Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin's ...

Author: Glynnis Reed

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781978514812

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 104

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The connection between American whites and blacks is far deeper and more passionate than any of us like to think. These words from the introduction of his collection of essays in "Nobody Knows My Name" shows the truth-telling strength of a brave man. James Baldwin was an outspoken advocate for social justice and equality for black people in America. He lent a creative and powerful voice to the civil rights struggle of the 1960s and brilliantly critiqued the problems of race in the twentieth century. Through his novels, plays, poetry, and essays, Baldwin urged the world to understand and appreciate the humanity and complexity of African Americans. This thought-provoking biography analyzes the life behind this creative force and will inspire your readers to be true to themselves and strong of conviction.