Posts Tagged: African American lit

A Literature Divided

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Over at Lit Hub, Calvin Baker laments the segregated state of American literature in the 21st century—a result, he says, of literary institutions’ conformity to the status quo: The status quo imagines itself humanist and enlightened, but is anchored by fear and conformity. An interlocking system of publishing conglomerates, universities and media that have been […]

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The FBI’s James Baldwin Obsession

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Writing for Publishers Weekly, William J. Maxwell examines the 1,884-page FBI file on James Baldwin—the longest on record—as part of his effort to obtain surveillance information on African American authors through the Freedom of Information Act. Along with reports on literary giants like Lorraine Hansberry and Amiri Baraka, Baldwin’s file reveals a complex relationship between […]

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