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Baldwin and Buckley: More Resources

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Relevant Student Theses

This Country: A James Baldwin Bibliomemoir (Dache' Jordan Rogers, Wesleyan '18)

The Accumulated Rock of Ages: Questions of identity in James Baldwin's early fiction (Joanna J. Brownson, Wesleyan '08)

James Mark Baldwin and the Baldwin effect: A history of an idea (Christopher Chapin Connor, Wesleyan '00)

The life of James Mark Baldwin: a case study in biographical psychology and the narrative-interpretive model (Karen Escovitz, Wesleyan '86)

A hazardous knowledge: passing as a literary device in George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, Nella Larsen's Passing and James Baldwin's Giovanni's room (Bonnie Rae O'Keefe, Williams '09)

The insurgent microphone: sonic politics and the EZLN (Jeremy Oldfield, Williams '05)

Using Our Strength in the Service of Our Visions: The Role of Media as Activism in Struggles for Black Liberation (Justice Namaste, Williams '17)

Further Reading

Drawn from ERS company members’ favorite quotes:


On the racialized conception of reality: 

  • Morrison, Toni, The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations (Vintage International, 2020 Reprint) 

On the connection between race, policy, legitimacy and perception:

  • Sugrue, Thomas, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit - Updated Edition (Princeton University Press, 2014)

Films on the history of Black struggle and thought:

  • Kunstler, Emily, and Kunstler, Sarah, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America (Film, Sony Pictures Classics, 2021)

  • Porter, Dawn, John Lewis: Good Trouble, (Film, Magnolia Pictures, 2020)

On the relationship among Buckley’s associations with Blackness and the damage to democracy:

  • Lowndes, Joseph, “William F. Buckley Jr.: Anti-blackness as Anti-democracy,” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, vol. 6 (Fall 2017)

On Buckley’s patented approach to debating and rhetoric:

  • Lee, Michael, “WFB: The Gladiatorial Style and the Politics of Provocation,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Volume 13, Number 2, Summer 2010, pp. 217-250

On the short, impactful life and work of Lorraine Hansberry:

  • McLendon, Blair, “The Many Visions of Lorraine Hansberry,” The New Yorker, January 24, 2022 (Book Review)

On reparations:

  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole, “What is Owed,” The New York Times Magazine, June 30, 2020 (Article)
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi, “The Case for Reparations,” The Atlantic Monthly, June 2014 Issue (Article)

On the intellectual descendents of Hansberry and Baldwin, and what a world without white dominance might look like: 

  • Spillers, Hortense, Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture, University of Chicago Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Drew, Kimberly, and Wortham, Jenna, Black Futures, (One World, Paperback 2021)
  • hooks, bell, Killing rage : ending racism, (Henry Holt and Company; 1995)
  • Brown, adrienne marie, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, (AK press 2017)
  • X, Li’l Nas, “MONTERO: Call Me By Your Name,” Song/Video, (Columbia Records, 2020)

On affect theory and the sensorial legacy of civil rights struggle:

  • Harney, Stefano, and Moten, Fred, The Undercommons, Fugitive Planning and Black Study, (Microcompositions Press, 2013)