Just Above My Head

Author: James Baldwin
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141963808
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This is the ficional story of the great gospel singer Arthur Montana. Arthur was found dead in the basement of a London pub at the age of thirty-nine, yet he lives on in this memoir. Written by Hall, his brother and manager, it is in part a subtle and moving study of the treacherous ebb and flow of memory. Set against a vividly drawn background of the civil rights movement of the sixties, Just Above My Head explores how Arthur discovers his love for Jimmy - 'with his smile like a lantern and a voice like Saturday nights' - and portrays how profoundly racial politics can shape the private business of love.

Salvific Manhood

Author: Ernest L. Gibson (III)
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 1496217918
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Salvific Manhood foregrounds the radical power of male intimacy and vulnerability in surveying each of James Baldwin's six novels. Asserting that manhood and masculinity hold the potential for both tragedy and salvation, Ernest L. Gibson III highlights the complex and difficult emotional choices Baldwin's men must make within their varied lives, relationships, and experiences. In Salvific Manhood, Gibson offers a new and compelling way to understand the hidden connections between Baldwin's novels. Thematically daring and theoretically provocative, he presents a queering of salvation, a nuanced approach that views redemption through the lenses of gender and sexuality. Exploring how fraternal crises develop out of sociopolitical forces and conditions, Salvific Manhood theorizes a spatiality of manhood, where spaces in between men are erased through expressions of intimacy and love. Positioned at the intersections of literary criticism, queer studies, and male studies, Gibson deconstructs Baldwin's wrestling with familial love, American identity, suicide, art, incarceration, and memory by magnifying the potent idea of salvific manhood. Ultimately, Salvific Manhood calls for an alternate reading of Baldwin's novels, introducing new theories for understanding the intricacies of African American manhood and American identity, all within a space where the presence of tragedy can give way to the possibility of salvation.​

Up Above My Head

Author: Carol Seay
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1503553280
Size: 33.67 MB
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These young colored girls suffered enormously in an abandoned ninety-eight-year-old civil war era stockade in 1963, and most Americans don’t even know it happened. Indeed, this too-little-known incident of the civil rights era haunts all who learn of it. Many of the authorities involved, including Sheriff Fred Chappell and Police Chief Ross Chambliss, have died, and court records that might document the girls’ imprisonment have proven impossible to locate. The year 1963 also had its triumphs. On August 28 of that year, while the girls shored up their courage by singing civil rights anthems inside the stockade, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his indelible “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. This book is written to raise awareness. It’s a very gripping story, one that needs to be preserved. These girls took a stand for justice and dignity at a very young age, and those who remain refuse to be silent after fifty-two years.

James Baldwin

Author: A. Scott Henderson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9462096198
Size: 55.76 MB
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"The recognition and study of African American (AA) artists and public intellectuals often include Martin Luther King, Jr., and occasionally Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and Malcolm X. The literary canon also adds Ralph Ellison, Richard White, Langston Hughes, and others such as female writers Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou, and Alice Walker. Yet, the acknowledgement of AA artists and public intellectuals tends to skew the voices and works of those included toward normalized portrayals that fit wellwithin foundational aspects of the American myths refl ected in and perpetuated by traditional schooling. Further, while many AA artists and public intellectuals are distorted by mainstream media, public and political characterizations, and the curriculum, several powerful AA voices are simply omitted, ignored, including James Baldwin. This edited volume gathers a collection of essays from a wide range of perspectives that confront Baldwin’s impressive and challenging canon as well as his role as a public intellectual. Contributors also explore Baldwin as a confrontational voice during his life and as an enduring call for justice."

James Baldwin S Later Fiction

Author: Lynn O. Scott
Publisher: MSU Press
ISBN: 0870139541
Size: 32.96 MB
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James Baldwin’s Later Fiction examines the decline of Baldwin’s reputation after the middle 1960s, his tepid reception in mainstream and academic venues, and the ways in which critics have often mis-represented and undervalued his work. Scott develops readings of Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Just Above My Head that explore the interconnected themes in Baldwin’s work: the role of the family in sustaining the arts, the price of success in American society, and the struggle of black artists to change the ways that race, sex, and masculinity are represented in American culture. Scott argues that Baldwin’s later writing crosses the cultural divide between the 1950s and 1960s in response to the civil rights and black power movements. Baldwin’s earlier works, his political activism and sexual politics, and traditions of African American autobiography and fiction all play prominent roles in Scott’s analysis.

Ulysses Probably Above My Head Poems Silly Serious

Author: Sandra Matthews
ISBN: 9781916276819
Size: 23.82 MB
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A second book from Irish poet, Sandra Matthews...... A mixture of profound and silly. .... Just like life. ... This book contains sixty plus poems, some written years ago when her children were young and others written recently...... Sandra lives in Dublin with her husband, grown up kids and a silly number of pets.... This book would make an ideal gift for a loved one or for yourself.....

Re Viewing James Baldwin

Author: Daniel Quentin Miller
Publisher: Temple University Press
ISBN: 9781566397377
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This new collection of essays presents a critical reappraisal of James Baldwin's work, looking beyond the commercial and critical success of some of Baldwin's early writings such as Go Tell it on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son. Focusing on Baldwin's critically undervalued early works and the virtually neglected later ones, the contributors illuminate little-known aspects of this daring author's work and highlight his accomplishments as an experimental writer. Attentive to his innovations in style and form, Things Not Seen reveals an author who continually challenged cultural norms and tackled matters of social justice, sexuality, and racial identity. As volume editor D. Quentin Miller notes, "what has been lost is a complete portrait of [Baldwin's] tremendously rich intellectual journey that illustrates the direction of African-American thought and culture in the late twentieth century." This is an important book for anyone interested in Baldwin's work. It will engage readers interested in literature and African-American Studies. Author note: D. Quentin Miller is Assistant Professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN.

The Queer Renaissance

Author: Robert McRuer
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814755549
Size: 52.81 MB
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2013 Honorable Mention, Asian American Studies Association's prize in Literary Studies Part of the American Literatures Initiative Series Why do black characters appear so frequently in Asian American literary works and Asian characters appear in African American literary works in the early twentieth century?Interracial Encounters attempts to answer this rather straightforward literary question, arguing that scenes depicting Black-Asian interactions, relationships, and conflicts capture the constitution of African American and Asian American identities as each group struggled to negotiate the racially exclusionary nature of American identity. In this nuanced study, Julia H. Lee argues that the diversity and ambiguity that characterize these textual moments radically undermine the popular notion that the history of Afro-Asian relations can be reduced to a monolithic, media-friendly narrative, whether of cooperation or antagonism. Drawing on works by Charles Chesnutt, Wu Tingfang, Edith and Winnifred Eaton, Nella Larsen, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Younghill Kang, Interracial Encounters foregrounds how these reciprocal representations emerged from the nation’s pervasive pairing of the figure of the “Negro” and the “Asiatic” in oppositional, overlapping, or analogous relationships within a wide variety of popular, scientific, legal, and cultural discourses. Historicizing these interracial encounters within a national and global context highlights how multiple racial groups shaped the narrative of race and national identity in the early twentieth century, as well as how early twentieth century American literature emerged from that multiracial political context.

The Other Shoe Dropped

Author: D. L. Moutsiakis
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1426934580
Size: 69.85 MB
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Demetrius Moutsiakis is just twenty years old and already in his first year of medical school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Life is good, and hes looking forward to a promising career as a doctor. As a Greek-American in 1989, Demetrius is also joining the rest of the world in celebrating the collapse of the Soviet Union. He looks forward to riding his bicycle to school and spending time with his parents and two siblings. But his life comes to a sudden halt when he wakes up in a room he doesnt recognize. Hes intrigued by a mysterious milky-white liquid in a plastic bag that he eventually identifies as a feeding device. The truth soon becomes clear to Demetrius: Hes suffered a traumatic head injury, and hes just woken up from a coma. It will take all the strength he can muster to rehabilitate his body and mind so he can pursue his future once more. Join Demetrius on his personal journey from the heights of adolescent promise to the depths of rehabilitative hell. Hell seek to find a more measured and treasured existence in The Other Shoe Dropped.