Love, Tragedy, and Politics: James Baldwin
Monday, Mar 15 2021, 6:30pm - 8:30pm PDT. copy to my calendar, iCal export
Online Event (Seattle, WA) MyCityScene, Seattle Area, WA 98000, United States (map)

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.