James Baldwin Now

James Baldwin Now

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by Dwight McBride, Austin Sarat
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814756182

ISBN-13: 9780814756188

Pub. Date: 08/01/1999

Publisher: New York University Press

One of the most prolific and influential African American writers, James Baldwin was for many a harbinger of hope, a man who traversed the genres of art-writing novels, essays, and poetry.

James Baldwin Now takes advantage of the latest interdisciplinary work to understand the complexity of Baldwin's vision and contributions without needing to name him as

Overview

One of the most prolific and influential African American writers, James Baldwin was for many a harbinger of hope, a man who traversed the genres of art-writing novels, essays, and poetry.

James Baldwin Now takes advantage of the latest interdisciplinary work to understand the complexity of Baldwin's vision and contributions without needing to name him as exclusively gay, expatriate, black, or activist. It was, in fact, Baldwin who said, "it is quite impossible to write a worthwhile novel about a Jew or a Gentile or a Homosexual, for people refuse . . . to function in so neat and one-dimensional a fashion." McBride has gathered a unique group of new scholars to interrogate Baldwin's life, his presence, and his political thought and work. James Baldwin Now finally addresses the man who spoke, and continues to speak, so eloquently to crucial issues of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814756188
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: "How Much Time Do You Want for Your Progress?" New Approaches to James Baldwin1
Part IBaldwin and Race
1White Fantasies of Desire: Baldwin and the Racial Identities of Sexuality13
2Now More Than Ever: James Baldwin and the Critique of White Liberalism56
3Finding the Words: Baldwin, Race Consciousness, and Democratic Theory75
Part IIBaldwin and Sexuality
4Culture, Rhetoric, and Queer Identity: James Baldwin and the Identity Politics of Race and Sexuality103
5Of Mimicry and (Little Man Little) Man: Toward a Queersighted Theory of Black Childhood122
6Sexual Exiles: James Baldwin and Another Country161
Part IIIBaldwin and the Transatlantic
7Baldwin's Cosmopolitan Loneliness187
8"Alas, Poor Richard!": Transatlantic Baldwin, the Politics of Forgetting, and the Project of Modernity208
9The Parvenu Baldwin and the Other Side of Redemption: Modernity, Race, Sexuality, and the Cold War233
Part IVBaldwin and Intertextuality
10(Pro)Creating Imaginative Spaces and Other Queer Acts: Randall Kenan's A Visitation of Spirits and Its Revival of James Baldwin's Absent Black Gay Man in Giovanni's Room265
11"I'm Not Entirely What I Look Like": Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and the Hegemony of Vision; or, Jimmy's FBEye Blues289
12Life According to the Beat: James Baldwin, Bessie Smith, and the Perilous Sounds of Love307
Part VBaldwin and the Literary
13The Discovery of What It Means to Be a Witness: James Baldwin's Dialectics of Difference331
14Selfhood and Strategy in Notes of a Native Son360
15Select Bibliography of Works by and on James Baldwin393
Contributors411
Index415

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NOW was recommended to me by my College Professor, and I have not been able to put it down, I am sure to read Now over and over again. Do yourself a favor and read NOW!