James Baldwin

Challenging Authors

  • A. Scott Henderson
  • P. L. Thomas

Part of the Critical Literacy Teaching Series book series (LITE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. P. L. Thomas
    Pages 1-7
  3. Mckinley E. Melton
    Pages 9-27
  4. Susan Watson Turner
    Pages 29-39
  5. Hugo M. Canham
    Pages 41-54
  6. Dwan Henderson Simmons
    Pages 55-75
  7. Sion Dayson
    Pages 77-89
  8. Jeffrey Santa Ana
    Pages 91-105
  9. Charles Reese
    Pages 121-136
  10. A. Scott Henderson
    Pages 137-148
  11. Pekka Kilpeläinen
    Pages 181-196
  12. Jacqueline Jones Compaore
    Pages 197-206
  13. Ernest L. Gibson
    Pages 207-219
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 221-223

About this book


"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."


African American artists African American public intellectuals Baldwin

Editors and affiliations

  • A. Scott Henderson
    • 1
  • P. L. Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.Furman UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2.Furman UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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