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Foreword: The Death of the Prophet Douglas Field (University of Manchester, UK) Introduction: Baldwin's Radical Imagination Alice Mikal Craven (American University of Paris, France) and William E. Dow (Universite Paris-Est, France) Part 1: James Baldwin: Film, Photography, and the Visual Arts 1. Black Bodies on Screen, White Privilege in Hollywood: James Baldwin on Lang and Preminger Alice Mikal Craven (American University of Paris, France) 2. Picturing Jimmy, Picturing Self: James Baldwin, Beauford Delaney, and the Color of Light James Smalls (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA) 3. Lessons in Light: Beauford Delaney's and James Baldwin's 'Unnameable Objects' Tyler T. Schmidt (CUNY Lehman, USA) Part 2: Baldwin's Journalism and Literary Journalism 4. "To End the Racial Nightmare, and Achieve Our Country": James Baldwin and the US Civil Rights Movement Kathy Roberts Forde (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA) 5. The Documentary Tradition in James Baldwin's Ecriture Verite Isabelle Meuret (Universite libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) 6. Journeys of the "I" in James Baldwin's Literary-journalistic Essays William E. Dow (Universite Paris-Est, France) Part 3: Baldwin Re-Sighted Transnationally 7. French Baldwin (on Screen): "le criminel artiste" Claudine Raynaud (University Paul Valery, France) 8. The Terror Within: Giovanni's Room, L'Etranger, and the Possibility of an Absurd Heroism Timothy McGinnis (Harvard Medical School, USA) 9. James Baldwin's Black Power: No Name in the Street, Fanon, Camus, and the Black Panthers James Miller (Kingston University, UK) Part 4: James Baldwin and Changing Communities: Recontextualizing Baldwin's Legacy 10. Continuing a Legacy: James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the African American Witness Marcus Bruce (Bates College, USA) 11. Baldwin, the "Arab," and the End of the West Bill V. Mullen (Purdue University, USA) 12. Effective/Defective James Baldwin Robert F. Reid-Pharr (City University of New York, USA) List of Contributors Index

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This volume analyzes tributaries of James Baldwin's political and social critique, revalorizing his use of visual forms as well as scrutinizing the connections between his literary journalism and his other works.

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Alice Mikal Craven is Professor of Comparative Literature at the American University of Paris, France, and Chair of Film Studies. She is co-editor of Richard Wright: New Readings in the 21st Century (2011) and Richard Wright in a Post-Racial Imaginary (Bloomsbury, 2014). She is author of Visible and Invisible Whiteness: American White Supremacy through the Cinematic Lens (2018). William E. Dow is Professor of American Literature at the Universite Paris-Est (UPEM), France, and Professor of English at the American University of Paris, France. He is the author of Narrating Class in American Fiction (2009) and co-editor of Richard Wright: New Readings in the 21st Century (2011) and Richard Wright in a Post-Racial Imaginary (Bloomsbury, 2014). Yoko Nakamura is a Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Iowa, USA.


Of Latitudes Unknown shows us a Baldwin we need to see now, one freed from the furious perfection and certain martyrdom of prophecy. The volume's emphasis on both formalism and internationalism restores crucial aspects of a figure whose weight as an American polemicist rested on his high style and regular absence from his native country. * William J. Maxwell, Professor of English and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, USA, editor of James Baldwin: The FBI File (2017), and author of F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature (2015) *
This volume contributes to the expanding body of Baldwin criticism in important ways, emphasizing visual art, literary journalism, and transnational perspectives. As we continue to assess and appreciate Baldwin's legacy, the essays collected here help to paint the complex, layered portrait of Baldwin he deserves and demands. * D. Quentin Miller, Professor of English, Suffolk University, Boston, USA, and author of Understanding John Edgar Wideman (2018) *
Brilliantly edited, this volume offers truly exciting and fresh perspectives on Baldwin's body of work with direct implications for our world then and now. * Michele Elam, William Robertson Coe Professor of English, Stanford University, USA, and editor of The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin (2015) *

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