James Baldwin (writer) | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Stanley Crouch

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of James Baldwin (writer).
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Critical Essay by Stanley Crouch

It is Baldwin's sentimental and poorly argued attempt to present homosexuality as some form of superior erotic enlightenment that continually slackens the power of Just Above My Head. The sentimentality results from a tendency to overstatement, pretension, and pomposity, as well as the creation of situations and responses the sole function of which is to prove the degradation of black people at the behest of racism and sexual convention. The degradation is wrought with existential cliches to demonstrate that suffering and alienation form the high road to awareness, and that he or she who is most painfully alienated is somehow most human and, as Robert Bone once angrily pointed out [see excerpt above], stands as guiding priest or priestess at the intersections of human ambivalence….

Baldwin loves the black church for the depth of its music and its great...

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