Ernest L. Gibson III Published an Article
Published on November 14, 2018
Ernest L. Gibson III published his article, "Trends in James Baldwin Criticism, 2013-2015" within the peer-reviewed journal, James Baldwin Review, Volume 4: Issue 1 (September 2018). In his article, James Baldwin might be imagined as reaching his greatest level of popularity within this current decade. With the growth of social media activist movements like Black Lives Matter, which captures and catalyzes on a Baldwinian rage, and the publishing of works directly evoking Baldwin, his voice appears more pronounced between the years of 2013 and 2015. Scholars in Baldwin studies, along with strangers who were turned into witnesses of his literary oeuvre, have contributed to this renewed interest in Baldwin, or at least have been able to sharpen the significance of the phenomenon. Publications and performances highlight Baldwin’s work and how it prefigured developments in critical race and queer theories, while also demonstrating Baldwin’s critique as both prophetic and “disturbingly” contemporary. Emerging largely from Baldwin’s timelessness in social and political discourse, and from the need to conjure a gure to demystify the absurd American landscape, these interventions in Baldwin studies follow distinct trends. This essay examines the 2013–15 trends from four vantages: an examination of a return, with revision, to popular work by Baldwin; identifying Baldwin’s work as a contributor to theoretical and critical methodology; Baldwin and intertextuality or intervocality; and a new frontier in Baldwin studies. Dr. Gibson is an Associate Professor; African American Literature & Culture; Feminist and Queer Theory; Male Studies; Black Popular Culture in the Department of English. Congratulations, Ernest!
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