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James Baldwin now
McBride, Dwight A.

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New York : New York University Press, c1999.
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x, 427 p. : ill.
White fantasies of desire: Baldwin and the racial identities of sexuality / Marlon B. Ross -- Now more than ever: James Baldwin and the critique of white liberalism / Rebecca Aanerud -- Finding the words: Baldwin, race consciousness and democratic theory / Lawrie Balfour -- Culture, rhetoric, and queer identity: James Baldwin and the identity politics of race and sexuality / William J. Spurlin -- Of mimicry and (little man little) man: towards a queersighted theory of black childhood / Nicholas Boggs -- Sexual exiles: James Baldwin and Another country / James Dievler -- Baldwin's cosmopolitan loneliness / James Darsey -- "Alas, poor Richard!": transatlantic Baldwin, the politics of forgetting and the project of modernity / Michelle M. Wright -- The parvenu Baldwin and the other side of redemption: modernity, race, sexuality, and the Cold War / Roderick Ferguson -- (Pro)creating imaginative spaces and other queer acts: Randal.
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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.

Table of Contents

Dwight A. McBrideMarlon B. RossRebecca AanerudLawrie BalfourWilliam J. SpurlinNicholas BoggsJames A. DievlerJames DarseyMichelle M. WrightRoderick A. FergusonSharon Patricia HollandMaurice WallaceJosh KunJoshua L. MillerLauren RuskJeffrey W. Hole
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: "How Much Time Do You Want for Your Progress?" New Approaches to James Baldwinp. 1
Part I Baldwin and Race
1 White Fantasies of Desire: Baldwin and the Racial Identities of Sexualityp. 13
2 Now More Than Ever: James Baldwin and the Critique of White Liberalismp. 56
3 Finding the Words: Baldwin, Race Consciousness, and Democratic Theoryp. 75
Part II Baldwin and Sexuality
4 Culture, Rhetoric, and Queer Identity: James Baldwin and the Identity Politics of Race and Sexualityp. 103
5 Of Mimicry and (Little Man Little) Man: Toward a Queersighted Theory of Black Childhoodp. 122
6 Sexual Exiles: James Baldwin and Another Countryp. 161
Part III Baldwin and the Transatlantic
7 Baldwin's Cosmopolitan Lonelinessp. 187
8 "Alas, Poor Richard!": Transatlantic Baldwin, the Politics of Forgetting, and the Project of Modernityp. 208
9 The Parvenu Baldwin and the Other Side of Redemption: Modernity, Race, Sexuality, and the Cold Warp. 233
Part IV Baldwin 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 Roomp. 265
11 "I'm Not Entirely What I Look Like": Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and the Hegemony of Vision; or, Jimmy's FBEye Bluesp. 289
12 Life According to the Beat: James Baldwin, Bessie Smith, and the Perilous Sounds of Lovep. 307
Part V Baldwin and the Literary
13 The Discovery of What It Means to Be a Witness: James Baldwin's Dialectics of Differencep. 331
14 Selfhood and Strategy in Notes of a Native Sonp. 360
15 Select Bibliography of Works by and on James Baldwinp. 393
Contributorsp. 411
Indexp. 415