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James Baldwin's Exile: Theory, Circumstance, and the Real of Language

Henry Sussman

in Idylls of the Wanderer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227693
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227693.003.0004
James Baldwin's Exile: Theory,             Circumstance, and the Real of Language

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This chapter examines African American novelist James Baldwin's experience of exile in terms of circumstance, theory, and language. It states that Baldwin experienced exile in being in a country not accustomed to lending credence to serious writers of his race, and his presumed gay sexual preference added to the foregone verdict of alienation. This reduced the support of mainstream America for his cultural projects and alienated him from the black establishment of his day. This chapter analyzes the influence of Baldwin's situation on his works.

Keywords: James Baldwin; exile; African American novelist; alienation; American literature

Chapter.  10346 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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