Race, Love, Fire: Baldwin & His Successors
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|154641||Race, Love, Fire: Baldwin & His Successors||2 PS||Mo 12:15 - 13:45||R. 0.420||Madore|
Perhaps no 20th century writer speaks so compellingly on matters of race, love, and resistance as James Baldwin. Born in Harlem in the 1920s, Baldwin came of age in an America at war over issues of systematic injustice. Through prose often as melodious as it is powerful, Baldwin investigates the psychological impact of oppression, underlining the deeply significant ways in which the political is made personal.
This course will be an intensive study of Baldwin’s works and life. Beginning with his landmark essays collected in Notes of a Native Son, we’ll then move onto Baldwin’s fiction and his novel Giovanni’s Room, a milestone account of a same-sex relationship and a reflection on Baldwin’s own self-imposed exile in France. As we read, we’ll closely examine Baldwin’s writing through both a critical and stylistic lens, working to understand what makes his writing increasingly relevant to today’s discussions on race and gender. We’ll conclude the semester with an investigation into the 21st century writers most indebted to Baldwin.
Ethan J. Madore is guest lecturer from the University of Iowa.
- Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
- Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
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