Title

Sexuality and shame in James Baldwin's career

RIS ID

101390

Publication Details

Davidson, G. R. (2015). Sexuality and shame in James Baldwin's career. In G. R. Davidson and N. J. Evans (Eds.), Literary Careers in the Modern Era (pp. 96-112). Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Additional Publication Information

ISBN: 9781137478504

Abstract

In this chapter, I suggest that shame is intimately bound up with fame in Baldwin's career. Note that in his response to Cleaver, Baldwin states that he felt Cleaverhad used his 'public reputation' against him 'naively and unjustly'. At the same moment that he refuses identification with prison homosexuals, then, Baldwin indirectly acknowledges his status as one of the most famous homosexual writers of the post-World War II perios.

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