James Baldwin and the Question of Privacy: A Roundtable Conversation at the 2014 American Studies Convention

Brian Norman, Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman, John E. Drabinski, Julius Fleming, Nigel Hatton, Dagmawi Woubshet, Magdalena Zaborowska

Abstract


Six key Baldwin scholars converged at the 2014 American Studies Association to consider the question of privacy, informed by their own book-length projects in process. Key topics included Baldwin’s sexuality and the (open) secret, historical lack of access to privacy in African-American experience, obligations for public representation in African-American literary history, Baldwin’s attempts to construct home spaces, public access to Baldwin’s private documents, and ethical matters for scholars in creating and preserving Baldwin’s legacy, including his final home in St. Paul-de-Vence.


Keywords


privacy; sexuality; home; public legacy; black memory

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/JBR.1.14

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