CFP: Routledge Companion to James Baldwin Seeking Submissions

Tyechia Thompson Announcement
District of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields
Archival Science, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Film and Film History, Journalism and Media Studies

We seek your expertise on the work of James Baldwin for a forthcoming volume entitled The Routledge Companion to James Baldwin. The volume will contain forty articles on this author and his work, and it promises to be the touchstone volume on Baldwin for some time to come. It seeks to be comprehensive in its treatment of Baldwin’s work and seeks to present cutting-edge scholarship on this author. Suggested chapters
for the volume are below.

Suggested Chapters for The Routledge Companion to James Baldwin

I. New Debates in Baldwin Studies
1. Critical Approaches to the Fiction of James Baldwin: Chapters on Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni’s Room, Another Country, Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone, If Beale Street Could Talk, Just Above My Head
2. Critical Approaches to the Essays of James Baldwin: Chapters on Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, The Fire Next Time, Nothing Personal, No Name in the Street, The Devil Finds Work, The Evidence of Things Not Seen, The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings
3. Critical Approaches to the Drama, Children’s Book, Short Stories, Poetry of James Baldwin: Chapters on Blues for Mister Charlie, The Amen Corner, Little Man, Little Man, Short Fiction in Going to Meet the Man, Jimmy’s Blues: Selected Poems

II. Crossing Generic, Theoretical, and National Boundaries in Baldwin Studies
1. Treatments of Baldwin and His Work in Film, Photographs, and Other Media: Chapters on Un étranger dans le village (1962), Take This Hammer (1964), Baldwin’s Nigger (1968), From Another Place—Sadat Pakay (1970), A Dialogue with Nikki Giovanni (1971), One Day When I Was Lost [screenplay] (1972), I Heard it on the Grapevine (1982), Go Tell It on the Mountain (1985), The Price of the Ticket (1989), I Am Not Your Negro (2016), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), The Black Muslim in America (1960), A Conversation with James Baldwin and Dr. Kenneth Clark (1963), James Baldwin vs William F Buckley: Debate (1965), James Baldwin on The Dick Cavett Show (1968), A Rap on Race (1970), Conversation with a Native Son: Maya Angelou and James Baldwin (1975), Reflections of James Baldwin at UC Berkley (January 15, 1979), James Baldwin Interview on Mavis on Four (1987)
2. Contemporary Theoretical Approaches to the Literature of James Baldwin: Chapters on Queer Theory, Gender Studies, Critical Race Studies, Performance Studies, Transatlantic Studies, Religious Studies, Studies in the Digital Humanities, Studies in Intersectionality, Social Justice Studies, Archival Studies
3. Transnational Approaches to James Baldwin: Chapters on Critical Perspectives from Europe, Critical Perspectives from Africa, Critical Perspectives from the Caribbean, Critical Perspectives from Asia 

Deadlines: If you are willing to submit a chapter for the volume, please let us know now by sending an email to both of the addresses listed below. We will require that by July 1st you send us a short biographical statement and a brief abstract of 150-200 words indicating which chapter you will submit and how you will treat the selected chapter. We will respond to abstracts on a rolling basis. They can be submitted earlier and will help us to ensure that we avoid repetition in the volume. The completed draft of the chapter—8,000 words, including references and a bibliography—will be due by February 1, 2024. We ask that each chapter contain a meaty literature review for the past 7-10 years on the topic and that you push the discourse on the topic forward.

Co-editors of The Routledge Companion to James Baldwin:
Dr. Yasmin Y. DeGout, Howard University (
Dr. Tyechia Thompson, Virginia Tech (

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Co-editors of The Routledge Companion to James Baldwin:
Dr. Yasmin Y. DeGout, Howard University (
Dr. Tyechia Thompson, Virginia Tech (

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