James Baldwin Review

Volume 1

Edited by Douglas Field, Justin Joyce and Dwight McBride

James Baldwin Review

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2197-4
  • Pages: 228
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: October 2015
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations, Literature, USA: Civil Rights Movement, Biography, Literature & Literary studies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights, LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American, Society & social sciences / Civil rights & citizenship, Literature & literary studies / General


The James Baldwin Review (JBR) is an annual journal that brings together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. In addition to these cutting-edge contributions, each issue contains a review of recent Baldwin scholarship and an award-winning graduate student essay. The James Baldwin Review publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin; catalyze explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin's writing and political activism; and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.

It is the aim of the James Baldwin Review to provide a vibrant and multidisciplinary forum for the international community of Baldwin scholars, students, and enthusiasts.


If the first volume of JBR is any indication, then the editors have indeed assembled a vibrant and lively collection of powerful scholarship that demonstrates the vitality of Baldwin's ideas and the continuing resonance of his work today.
African American Intellectual History Society


Introduction: Baltimore is Still Burning: the Rising Relevance of James Baldwin - Justin A. Joyce, Douglas Field, Dwight A. McBride
"But Amen is the Price:" James Baldwin and Ray Charles in "The Hallelujah Chorus" - Ed Pavlic
After Decolonization, After Civil Rights: Chinua Achebe and James Baldwin - Bill Schwarz
Prophecy and Doubt in Just Above My Head - Christopher Z. Hobson
"Here Be Dragons:" The Tyranny of the Cityscape in James Baldwin's Intimate Cartographies - Emma Cleary
"I'm Trying to be as Honest as I Can:" An Interview with James Baldwin (1969) - Rich Blint, Nazar Büyüm
James Baldwin: Voyages in Search of Love - David Leeming
Going to Meet James Baldwin in Provence - D. Quentin Miller
Reading and Theorizing James Baldwin: A Bibliographic Essay - Conseula Francis
Exploring Baldwin in Montpellier: The 2014 "James Baldwin: Transatlantic Commuter" Conference - John Keene
Review of New York City's "The Year of Baldwin" - Michele Elam
James Baldwin and the Question of Privacy: A Roundtable Conversation at the 2014 American Studies Convention - Brian Norman, Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman, John E. Drabinski, Julius Fleming, Nigel Hatton, Dagmawi Woubshet, Magdalena Zaborowska
Evoking Baldwin's Blues: The Experience of Dislocated Listening - Rashida K. Braggs
Sonny in the Dark: Jazzing the Blues Spirit and the Gospel Truth in James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" - Steven C. Tracy


Douglas Field is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century American Literature at the University of Manchester

Justin A. Joyce is Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Dwight A. McBride is Professor of African American Studies, English and Performance Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

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