New Essays on Go Tell It on the Mountain available in Paperback
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- Cambridge University Press
James Baldwin's first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, has gained a wide readership and much critical acclaim since its publication in 1953. While most critics have seen it as focusing exclusively on the African-American fundamentalist church and its effect on characters brought up within its tradition, these scholars posit that issues of homosexuality, the social construction of identity, anthropological conceptions of community, and the quest for an artistic identity provide more elucidating approaches to the novel.
Table of Contents1. Introduction Trudier Harris; 2. A glimpse of the hidden God: dialectical visions in Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain Michael F. Lynch; 3. The South in Go Tell It on the Mountain: Baldwin's personal confrontation Horace Porter; 4. Wrestling with The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: John, Elisha, and the Master Bryan R. Washington; 5. Ambivalent narratives, fragmented selves: performative identities and the mutability of roles in James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain Vivian M. May; 6. Baldwin, communitas, and the black masculinist tradition Keith Clark.