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Love, Tragedy, and Politics: James Baldwin - Virtual Event

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

This is a virtual event

In his writings, Baldwin claims that the problem of race in America stems from our failure to recognize tragedy in life. Is Baldwin right that most Americans lack a tragic sense?  What does Baldwin mean when he speaks of the “beautiful” struggle for human identity and authority — and why has his thinking resonated among so many recent authors?  Does black experience in the United States supply a possible foundation for a truly American sense of tragedy?  What do racial divisions and political questions have to do with love and tragedy? Baldwin’s thinking invites us to consider contemporary questions of race and American politics alongside age-old questions of tragedy, love, and beauty. Our series will engage such questions in the context of Baldwin’s work (and that of his contemporaries), which serves as a path into black American thought in his time and ours. The course will be anchored in Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and No Name in the Street and supplemented by Baldwin’s fiction and relevant work from the Civil Rights and Black Power eras.

Seven Mondays: February 22, March 1, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12
(Please note there is no class on March 8)
6:30-8:30 pm, CT
$125, Members $110, Educator Members $50

Class texts:
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (Vintage), ISBN: 978-0679744726
James Baldwin, No Name in the Street (Vintage), ISBN: 9780307275929


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