A Historical Guide to James Baldwin by Douglas Field

A Historical Guide to James Baldwin

byDouglas Field

Paperback | September 22, 2009

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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 workthat 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'sunder-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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Douglas Field is Lecturer in Contemporary Literature at Staffordshire University, UK and he is the book review editor for Callaloo.

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Title:A Historical Guide to James BaldwinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 22, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195366549

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AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsDouglas Field: IntroductionRandall Kenan: James Baldwin, 1924-1987: A Brief BiographyBaldwin in His TimeClarence E. Hardy III: James Baldwin as Religious Writer: The Burdens and Gifts of Black EvangelicalismD. Quentin Miller: Using the Blues: Baldwin and MusicJustin A. Joyce and Dwight A. McBride: James Baldwin and Sexuality: Lieux de Memoire within a Usable PastLynn Orilla Scott: Challenging the American Conscience, Re-imagining American Identity: James Baldwin and the Civil Rights MovementMagdalena J. Zaborowska: "In the Same Boat": James Baldwin and the Other AtlanticIllustrated ChronologyCarol E. Henderson: Bibliographic Essay: The Price of the Ticket: Baldwin Criticism in PerspectiveContributorsIndex