Call for Papers: JBR Vol 3 Call for Papers


James Baldwin Review (JBR), an annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for its third volume. An Open Access online publication, James Baldwin Review brings together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. JBR publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin, catalyse explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’ writing and political activism, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.

The JBR welcomes submissions on all aspects of Baldwin’s life, but particularly welcomes essays that engage with the writer’s continuing relevance in our current times and contexts.

We accept submissions throughout the year but in order to be considered for Volume 3, submissions must be received by Tuesday, January 31st, 2017.

Each year the journal also publishes an outstanding essay by a graduate student. Submissions from graduate students should be marked as such, and all submissions must be accompanied by a 250-word abstract and a list of keywords. Please consult our detailed submission instructions on our website:

It is the aim of JBR to provide a vibrant and multidisciplinary forum for the international community of Baldwin scholars, students, and enthusiasts.

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Posted: 2016-12-15

New book on James Baldwin


JAMES BALDWIN: Escape from America, Exile in Provence

by Jules B. Farber

This work concentrates exclusively on  James  Baldwin’s lesser-known last seventeen  years  of self-imposed exile in Saint-Paul de Vence, France from 1970 until his death there in 1987. He fled American hatred and racism, haunted by the assassinations of black protest leaders; distressed by the setbacks in the civil rights movement which he feared might erupt into violence as the only route to justice; and sought escape from FBI shadowing and harassment as a “black homosexual Communist” ordered personally by J. Edgar Hoover.  Baldwin fled to Paris, underwent treatment for a mental and physical break-down at the American Hospital in Neuilly , which sent him to Saint-Paul for convalescence.

One explores “life with Jimmy” via over seventy interviews with his friends who came to stay with him or dine at his “Welcome Table,” ranging from Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Angela Davis, Sidney Poitier, Caryl Phillips, James Campbell, Quincy Troupe, David Leeming, Rolling Stones guitarist Bill Wyman to doctors, taxi drivers, neighbors, mailman, chauffeurs, café and hotel owners,  shopkeepers, lovers and other locals.  

As the first black in this all-white enclave with a conservative, agrarian population, initially he encountered some of the same racism he knew in the States.  There was suspicion that he was a black radical.  But with his wide, toothy smile and gregarious, outreaching personality exuding genuine love, he warmed the hearts of everyone he met.  Before long this small, ugly, gay, black American --as he liked to describe himself was accepted as “one of us” in this provincial community.

While taking distance from America, Baldwin retained a love/hate relationship.  His literary production never hinted at his being in France.  He remained a displaced American writer using Black English in his novels and essays. Only his last play, “Welcome Table,” was set in the grand house he was living in -- but he died before completing it.  A portfolio of 50 photos chronologically traces Baldwin’s arrival in Saint-Paul to his burial in New York.

JAMES BALDWIN: Escape from America, Exile in Provence is published by Pelican Publishing Company and will be released in July 2016.

Posted: 2016-02-25

Volume 1 now available in paperback


Paperback copies of Volume 1 (2015) are now available to purchase for £12.50 or $19.99. See here

Posted: 2016-01-15

Reviews: AAIHS review


Read a review of the first of volume of James Baldwin Review on the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) blog here.

Posted: 2015-10-26
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