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The Resource All those strangers : the art and lives of James Baldwin, Douglas Field

All those strangers : the art and lives of James Baldwin, Douglas Field

Label
All those strangers : the art and lives of James Baldwin
Title
All those strangers
Title remainder
the art and lives of James Baldwin
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Field
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Adored by many, appalling to some, baffling still to others, few authors defy any single critical narrative to the confounding extent that James Baldwin manages. Was he a religious or secular writer? Was he a spokesman for the civil rights movement or a champion of the individual? His critics, as disparate as his readership, endlessly wrestle with paradoxes, not just in his work but also in his life of a man who described himself as "all those strangers called Jimmy Baldwin" and who declared that "all theories are suspect." Viewing Baldwin through a cultural-historical lens alongside a more traditional literary critical approach, All Those Strangers examines how his fiction and nonfiction shaped and responded to key political and cultural developments in the United States from the 1940s to the 1980s. Showing how external forces molded Baldwin's personal, political, and psychological development. Douglas Field breaks through the established critical difficulties caused by Baldwin's geographical, ideological, and artistic multiplicity by analyzing his life and work against the radically transformative politics of his time. The book explores under-researched areas in Baldwin's life and work, including his relationship to the Left, his FBI files, and the significance of Africa in his writing, while also contributing to wider discussions about postwar US culture. Field deftly navigates key twentieth-century themes - the Cold War, African American literary history, conflicts between spirituality and organized religion, and transnationalism - to bring a number of isolated subjects into dialogue with each other. By exploring the paradoxes in Baldwin's development as a writer, rather than trying to fix his life and work into a single framework, All Those Strangers contradicts the accepted critical paradigm that Baldwin's life and work are too ambiguous to make sense of. By studying him as an individual and an artist in flux, Field reveals the manifold ways in which Baldwin's work develops and coheres. -- from dust jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Field, Douglas
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3552.A45
LC item number
Z653 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Baldwin, James
  • Baldwin, James
  • Baldwin, James
  • Politics and literature
  • Political and social views
  • Politics and literature
  • United States
  • Politiska och sociala åsikter
  • Litteratur och politik
  • Politik
  • Zeithintergrund
Label
All those strangers : the art and lives of James Baldwin, Douglas Field
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-211) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Baldwin's life on the left: from New York -- Intellectual to disturber of the peace -- Radical Baldwin and the FBI: from the rights movement to black power -- James Baldwin's religion: sex, love and blues -- "I am a stranger everywhere": travel and transnational tensions in Baldwin's work -- Afterword
Control code
893668846
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 220 pages, 10 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780199384150
Lccn
2014037215
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025044322
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)893668846
Label
All those strangers : the art and lives of James Baldwin, Douglas Field
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-211) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Baldwin's life on the left: from New York -- Intellectual to disturber of the peace -- Radical Baldwin and the FBI: from the rights movement to black power -- James Baldwin's religion: sex, love and blues -- "I am a stranger everywhere": travel and transnational tensions in Baldwin's work -- Afterword
Control code
893668846
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 220 pages, 10 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780199384150
Lccn
2014037215
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025044322
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)893668846

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