Kids Library Home

Welcome to the Kids' Library!

Search for books, movies, music, magazines, and more.

Available items only
Book Cover
Author Zaborowska, Magdalena J., author.

Title Me and my house : James Baldwin's last decade in France / Magdalena J. Zaborowska.

Publication Info. Durham : Duke University Press, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 BALDWIN,J ZAB    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction    92 BALDWIN,J ZAB    Available
1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
1 copy being processed for PAS Hastings Branch On Order.
Description xiii, 393 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foundations, facçades, and faces : through the glass blackly, or domesticating claustrophobic terror -- Home matter : no house in the world, or Reading transnational, Black queer domesticity in St. Paul-de-Vence -- Life material : haunted houses and welcome tables, or The first teacher, the last play, and affectations of disidentification -- Building metaphors : "Sitting in the strangest house I have ever known," or Black heterotopias from Harlem to San Juan, to Paris, London, and Yonkers -- Black life matters of value : erasure, overlay, manipulation, or archiving the invisible house.
Summary The last sixteen years of James Baldwin's life (1971-87) unfolded in a village in the South of France, in a sprawling house nicknamed "Chez Baldwin." In this volume, the author employs Baldwin's home space as a lens through which to expand his biography and explore the politics and poetics of blackness, queerness, and domesticity in his complex and underappreciated later works. The author shows how the themes of dwelling and black queer male sexuality in "The Welcome Table," "Just above My Head," and "If Beale Street Could Talk" directly stem from Chez Baldwin's influence on the writer. The house was partially torn down in 2014. Accessible, heavily illustrated, and drawing on interviews with Baldwin's friends and lovers, unpublished letters, and manuscripts, this volume offers new insights into Baldwin's life, writing, and relationships, making it essential reading for all students, scholars, and fans of Baldwin.
Subject Baldwin, James, 1924-1987.
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987 -- Homes and haunts -- France -- Saint-Paul (Alpes-Maritimes)
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Other Form: Online version: Zaborowska, Magdalena J. Me and my house. Durham : Duke University Press, 2018 9780822372349 (DLC) 2017048237
ISBN 9780822369240 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
0822369249 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
9780822369837 (paperback ; alkaline paper)
0822369834 (paperback ; alkaline paper)

Available items only