James Baldwin: Notes on the House of Bondage

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[By Goyland Williams] In November of 1980, James Baldwin’s essay “Notes on the House of Bondage” appeared in The Nation at a moment not unlike our current political landscape. Both Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were inadequate at best, and bankrupt at worst. According to Baldwin, A vote for Jimmy Carter was not an endorsement but  a cold calculated risk, “a means of buying time” […]

Literary Vantage Points: Multiple Perspectives of James Baldwin

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In our second installment of Literary Vantage Points, we have collected brief interviews from a number of professors to get their perspectives about various authors. In this particular feature, we asked three literary scholars—Professors Sandra Govan, Jerry Ward, and Bob Butler—to describe their initial impressions of author James Baldwin and discuss the legacy of her work. The goal of these interviews is to reveal the […]

Comments on James Baldwin’s The Cross of Redemption

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Guest Blogger Professor Jerry W. Ward Baldwin, James. The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings. Ed. Randall Kenan. New York: Pantheon Books, 2010. “Is A Raisin in the Sun a Lemon in the Dark?” is one of the more revealing essays in this collection. Disputing Nelson Algren’s criticism of Hansberry’s play as a drama about real estate and his valuation of Wright’s Native Son, Baldwin contended […]