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All Those StrangersThe Art and Lives of James Baldwin$
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Douglas Field

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199384150

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384150.001.0001

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“I Am a Stranger Everywhere”

“I Am a Stranger Everywhere”

Travel and Transnational Tensions in Baldwin’s Work

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(p.113) {Chapter 4} “I Am a Stranger Everywhere”
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All Those Strangers
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Douglas Field

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384150.003.0005

Chapter 4 broadens critical discussion of Baldwin by considering his writings about, and relationship to, countries outside of North America. Created by a writer who spent many years abroad (particularly in France and Turkey), what does Baldwin’s work say about the concept of home and exile? How was his work received in other countries? How does Baldwin’s writing add to an understanding of transnational theories of literature? The chapter returns to Giovanni’s Room in order to reread the novel through theories of transnationalism and black internationalism, and to examine Baldwin’s views on the state of the American nation. The chapter ends with a detailed analysis of Baldwin’s writings about Africa and seeks to make sense of his puzzling comments on the continent from his coverage of the 1956 Congress of African Artists in Paris to his meeting with Chinua Achebe almost thirty years later.

Keywords:   transnational, exile, Africa, Paris, Giovanni’s Room

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