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James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination

Matt Brim (author)

ISBN: 9780472052349

Publication Date: Oct 2014

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

For many readers and scholars, James Baldwin occupies so central a place in black gay literary history that he has become a key representative for queer creative culture. This title seeks to complicate this view by providing a sustained investigation of the queer implications of Baldwin's writing while addressing the problematic appropriation of Baldwin as the standard-bearer of queer literary history and African American writing.
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For many readers and scholars, James Baldwin occupies so central a place in black gay literary history that he has become a key representative for queer creative culture. James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination seeks to complicate this view by providing a sustained investigation of the queer implications of Baldwin's writing while addressing the problematic appropriation of Baldwin as the standard-bearer of queer literary history and African American writing. Author Matt Brim argues that Baldwin's queer imagination is highly complex and anything but obvious, that queerness emerges unevenly in Baldwin's fiction, in ways that can be as restrictive as they are revelatory, and that his work exemplifies what the author terms an "unqueer" undercurrent present in queer creative thought. In demonstrating Baldwin's ambiguity, Brim also provides a critique of queerness from within queer studies.
Pages 208
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Oct 2014
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Subject/s Literary theory   Gay studies (Gay men)  
Matt Brim is Assistant Professor of Queer Studies in the English department at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, USA.

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