- Walton Muyumba
- Days and Times
- 2:30 - 3:45p MW (3 CR)
- Course Description
Topic: "Here Be Dragons": The Selected Works of James Baldwin
Reading across Baldwin’s fictions, essays, and memoirs, we’ll discuss his literary style and critical arguments, and their continued timeliness in 21st century life. We will parse Baldwin’s memoirs, tracing his techniques for narrating self-becoming. We’ll also, study Baldwin’s reinvention of the essay form as an improvisational space for demonstrating the contingent relationship among American gender politics, American citizenship, and African American identity. Finally, we will examine Baldwin’s strongest novels and short stories, paying close attention to his artist-characters and how their performance practices (in jazz, as actors, or singing gospel music) offer models for revolutions of selfhood and creating radical democratic community.