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NeMLA Panel: James Baldwin's Global Legacy (NeMLA)

Washington DC
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, African-American, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2019-03-21 to 2019-03-24 Abstract Due: 2018-09-30

Disillusioned by the racial issues in America, James Baldwin moved to France in 1948. Nine years later, however, he was drawn back after seeing a photograph of Dorothy Counts, a young black girl in Charlotte, North Carolina being harassed by a white mob as she entered an all-white high school. They threw rocks, spat on her, and told her to go back to where she came from. The image and situation were significant for Baldwin for various reasons. First, despite his attempts to avoid American racism, it had found him in Paris. Second, it was as if the taunts of "go back to where you came from" to Dorothy Counts drew Baldwin back "home" to document and confront American racism head on.

I Am Not Your Negro, the 2016 film based on James Baldwin's unpublished memoir Remember This House, essentially documents Baldwin's experiences of his return to America. However, as Hilton Als notes, the film "more or less begins with the question of home," an issue that runs throughout the film, Baldwin's literary works, and his own life. His works and experiences resist borders.

This panel aims to explore the global legacy of Baldwin. Papers may address a range of topics, including but not limited to the following: the ways in which Baldwin's experiences living and traveling abroad influence his literary work(s), ideas and notions of home in Baldwin, borders and border crossing in Baldwin, and the reception of Baldwin in countries outside of America.

This panel aims to explore the global legacy of Baldwin. Papers may address a range of topics, including but not limited to the following: the ways in which Baldwin's experiences living and traveling abroad influence his literary work(s), ideas and notions of home in Baldwin, borders and border crossing in Baldwin, and the reception of Baldwin in countries outside of America.

Please, send your abstract through NeMLA portal at: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/User/SubmitAbstract/17620.  You can review the guidelines for abstract submission at: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html.

dsexton@qcc.cuny.edu

Danny Sexton