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Collected Essays

Author : James Baldwin
ISBN : UOM:39015041612683
Genre : Literary Collections
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A comprehensive compilation of Baldwin's previously published, nonfiction writings encompasses essays on America's racial divide, the social and political turbulence of his time, and his insights into the poetry of Langston Hughes and the music of Earl Hines.
Category: Literary Collections

Critical Companion To Toni Morrison

Author : Carmen Gillespie
ISBN : 9781438108575
Genre : Electronic books
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Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, is perhaps the most important living American author. This work examines Morrison's life and writing, featuring critical analyses of her work and themes, as well as entries on related topics and relevant people, places, and influences.
Category: Electronic books

Postwar America

Author : Harvard Sitkoff
ISBN : 9780195103007
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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An encyclopedia of American history presents articles on people, events, legal cases, social groups and movements, political and social concepts, cultural happenings, and other aspects of life in the United States after World War II.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Queer Pollen

Author : David A. Gerstner
ISBN : 9780252077876
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Queer Pollen discusses three notable black queer twentieth century artists--painter and writer Richard Bruce Nugent, author James Baldwin, and filmmaker Marlon Riggs--and the unique ways they turned to various media to work through their experiences living as queer black men. David A. Gerstner elucidates the complexities in expressing queer black desire through traditional art forms such as painting, poetry, and literary prose, or in the industrial medium of cinema. This challenge is made particularly sharp when the terms "black" and "homosexuality" come freighted with white ideological conceptualizations. Gerstner adroitly demonstrates how Nugent, Baldwin, and Riggs interrogated the seductive power and saturation of white queer cultures, grasping the deceit of an entrenched cultural logic that defined their identity and their desire in terms of whiteness. Their work confounds the notion of foundational origins that prescribe the limits of homosexual and racial desire, perversely refusing the cordoned-off classifications assigned to the "homosexual" and the "raced" body. Queer Pollen articulates a cinematic aesthetic that unfolds through painting, poetry, dance, novels, film, and video that marks the queer black body in relation to matters of race, gender, sexuality, nation, and death.
Category: Literary Criticism

James Baldwin S God

Author : Clarence E. Hardy
ISBN : 1572332301
Genre : Literary Criticism
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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
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A Historical Guide To James Baldwin

Author : Douglas Field
ISBN : 9780195366532
Genre : History
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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.
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American Novelists Since World War Ii

Author : James Richard Giles
ISBN : 0787660221
Genre : American fiction
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This award-winning multi-volume series is dedicated to making literature and its creators better understood and more accessible to students and interested readers, while satisfying the standards of librarians, teachers and scholars. Dictionary of Literary Biography provides reliable information in an easily comprehensible format, while placing writers in the larger perspective of literary history. Dictionary of Literary Biography systematically presents career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods.For a listing of Dictionary of Literary Biography volumes sorted by genre click here.
Category: American fiction

American Writers

Author : Leonard Unger
ISBN : 0684314460
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Thirty years after the first volume of the Scribner Writers Series , this second Retrospective Supplement follows the path of the first by re-examining some of the most important and influential writers in the American canon-men and women who continue to be studied in high schools and universities as often today as when the American Writers Series first began. Each essay, written by an expert in the field with years of teaching experience, explores the life and work of individu authors. The bio-critical essays on such writers as Ralph Waldo Ellison, Edgar Allan Poe, Kate Chopin, Theodore Dreiser, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Sylvia Plath, and James Baldwin reflect the most recent scholarship on these and other writers of enduring importance.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Library Journal

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ISBN : IND:30000046981456
Genre : Libraries
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Motivate Your Writing

Author : Stephen P. Kelner
ISBN : UOM:39015060656231
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Energize and organize your writing life by tapping your fundamental motivators.
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