Apr 16, 2021  
College Catalog 2021-2022 
    
College Catalog 2021-2022

AMST 253 - James Baldwin and the Black Religious Imagination

Cross-Listed as RELI 253  
This course explores James Baldwin’s life and work as a writer and activist. Baldwin was a black queer man in an antiblack and heteronormative world. His queer imagination and spirituality are part of the same cloth. Deeply scared by the black church, Baldwin’s spirituality and art were, nevertheless, profoundly shaped by the spirit and language of black church religiosity. Through a heterogenous body of writing and the life he lived, Baldwin explored the souls of black folks (including queer blackness) and the nature of American identity. Fall semester. (4 Credits)