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Me and my house : James Baldwin's last decade in France

by Zaborowska, Magdalena J.,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3552.A45 Z985 2018
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3552.A45 Z985 2018
Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction 92 BAL 2018
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  92 BAL 2018
The last sixteen years of James Baldwin's life (1971-87) unfolded in a village in the South of France, in a sprawling house nicknamed "Chez Baldwin." In Me and My House Magdalena J. Zaborowska employs Baldwin's home space as a lens through which to expand his biography and explore the politics and poetics of blackness, queerness, and domesticity in his complex and underappreciated later works. Zaborowska shows how the themes of dwelling and black queer male sexuality in The Welcome Table , Just above My Head , and If Beale Street Could Talk directly stem from Chez Baldwin's influence on the writer. The house was partially torn down in 2014. Accessible, heavily illustrated, and drawing on interviews with Baldwin's friends and lovers, unpublished letters, and manuscripts, Me and My House offers new insights into Baldwin's life, writing, and relationships, making it essential reading for all students, scholars, and fans of Baldwin.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Zaborowska (James Baldwin¿s Turkish Decade) follows James Baldwin¿s final years in this erudite but leaden book, which emphasizes the significance of place in Baldwin¿s life and work. Establishing a house/home dichotomy, Zaborowska distinguishes between Baldwin¿s national ¿house¿¿his birthplace of the U.S., the focus of his political and social concerns¿and his homes, the more intimate places where he could enjoy family and friends, mostly outside the U.S. Zaborowska¿s special interest is in ¿the unexplored period¿ from 1970 until Baldwin¿s death in 1987, which he spent in his last home, a rambling house nicknamed Chez Baldwin, in the Provençal village of St. Paul-de-Vence. She describes the house¿s significance as a ¿healing location¿ and ¿quiet haven... after the turbulent late 1960s.¿ She also makes a case for the ¿underappreciated¿ books written there, including the YA novel If Beale Street Could Talk and true crime account The Evidence of Things Not Seen, and shares impressions and photographs from her own trips to the house, now partially demolished, following Baldwin¿s death. Though the book¿s release is well-timed to coincide with a revival of interest in Baldwin¿s work, general readers will have difficulty wading through Zaborowska¿s academic jargon (¿the ever-present differentiated nature of space¿). However, Baldwin scholars may find ore to mine. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Baldwin, James, -- 1924-1987.
Baldwin, James, -- 1924-1987 -- Homes and haunts -- France -- Saint-Paul (Alpes-Maritimes)
Baldwin, James, -- 1924-1987 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Publisher Durham :2018
Language English
Description xiii, 393 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-376) and index.
ISBN 9780822369240
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