James Baldwin Review

Volume 6

Edited by Douglas Field, Justin Joyce and Dwight McBride

James Baldwin Review

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5397-5
  • Pages: 236
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: September 2020
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations, LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American, Society & social sciences / Civil rights & citizenship, Literature & literary studies / General, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, USA: Civil Rights Movement, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights


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. 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.


1 To Minimize the Bill That They Must Pay
Justin A. Joyce

Feature Essay:
2 The Great Debate: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Civil Rights Revolution
Nicholas Buccola

3 "The Shape of the Wrath to Come": James Baldwin's Radicalism and the Evolution of His Thought on Israel
Nadia Alahmed
4 Birthing a New World: Black Women as Surrogates of Liberation in James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk
Marquita R. Smith
5 Chagrin d'amour: Intimacy, Shame, and the Closet in Giovanni's Room
Monica B. Pearl

Graduate Student Essay Award Winner:
6 Baldwin's Kitchen: Food and Identity in His Life and Fiction
Emily Na

Graduate Student Essays:
7 The Warrior and the Poet: On James Baldwin and the Many Roles in Revolution
Nicholas Binford
8 Baptism by History: Reading James Baldwin's Existential Hindsight in Go Tell It on the Mountain
Miller Wilbourn

9 The Disorder of Life: James Baldwin on My Shoulder
Karen Thorsen

Bibliographic Essay:
10 Trends in Baldwin Criticism, 2016-17
Joseph Vogel

11 Symposium Review: "In a Speculative Light: The Arts of James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney," Knoxville, Tennessee, 19-21 February 2020
D. Quentin Miller

From the Field:
12 Baldwin's Transatlantic Reverberations: Between "Stranger in the Village" and I Am Not Your Negro
Jovita dos Santos Pinto, Noémi Michel, Patricia Purtschert, Paola Bacchetta, Vanessa Naef
13 Rebranding James Baldwin and His Queer Others: A Session at the 2019 American Studies Association Conference
Magdalena J. Zaborowska, Nicholas F. Radel, Nigel Hatton, & Ernest L. Gibson III


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

Justin A. Joyce is Research Director at The New School, New York City

Dwight A. McBride is President of The New School, New York City

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