2019 - 22nd Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

James Baldwin and American Identity

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Kathryn Maksymiu, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Department or Major

English

Location

Lillard 132

Abstract

James Baldwin’s nonfiction work—primarily The Fire Next Time— seeks to define the concept of the American identity by exploring the influence of racial relations within the United States on both black and white Americans’ perceptions of the American identity. My research involves the use of academic journals and literary criticism regarding Baldwin’s nonfiction work, as well as a thorough study of The Fire Next Time. In my project on The Fire Next Time, I articulate Baldwin’s argument that the creation and development of the American identity is determined by one’s race and perpetuated by American society.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

4-9-2019 10:15 AM

Panel

Narrating America

Panel Moderator

Ben Goluboff

Field of Study for Presentation

English

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James Baldwin and American Identity

Lillard 132

James Baldwin’s nonfiction work—primarily The Fire Next Time— seeks to define the concept of the American identity by exploring the influence of racial relations within the United States on both black and white Americans’ perceptions of the American identity. My research involves the use of academic journals and literary criticism regarding Baldwin’s nonfiction work, as well as a thorough study of The Fire Next Time. In my project on The Fire Next Time, I articulate Baldwin’s argument that the creation and development of the American identity is determined by one’s race and perpetuated by American society.