James Baldwin Review

Edited by Douglas Field, Justin A. Joyce, and Dwight A. McBride

James Baldwin Review
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Journal Information

  • ISSN: 2056-9211 (Online)
  • Frequency: Annual


Introducing a new Open Access journal for 2015.

The James Baldwin Review (JBR) is an annual journal that brings together a wide array of peer‐reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. In addition to these cutting-edge contributions, each issue contains a review of recent Baldwin scholarship and an award-winning graduate student essay. The James Baldwin Review publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin; catalyze explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’s writing and political activism; and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure. 

It is the aim of the James Baldwin Review to provide a vibrant and multidisciplinary forum for the international community of Baldwin scholars, students, and enthusiasts.

Cover Photograph: Sedat Pakay

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Call for papers

Editorial Board

Douglas Field, University of Manchester
Justin A. Joyce, Northwestern University
Dwight A. McBride, Northwestern University

Associate Editors
Houston A. Baker, Vanderbilt University 
Rosa Bobia, Kennesaw State University 
Herb Boyd, City College of New York 
Morris Dickstein, CUNY Graduate Center 
Eddie Glaude, Princeton University
Clarence E. Hardy III, Yale University
Randall Kenan, University of North Carolina
Sedat Pakay, Photographer-Film Maker
Ed Pavlić, University of Georgia
Hortense Spillers, Vanderbilt University
Eleanor W. Traylor, Howard University
Cheryl Wall, Rutgers University 

Contributing Editors
Matt Brim, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Rich Blint, Columbia University 
Robert J. Corber, Trinity College 
Margo Natalie Crawford, Cornell University
Michele Elam, Stanford University
Roderick A. Ferguson, University of Minnesota
Jacqueline Goldsby, Yale University
Nigel Hatton, University of California, Merced
Carol E. Henderson, University of Delaware
E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University
Cora Kaplan, University of Southampton 
John Keene, Rutgers University
D. Quentin Miller, Suffolk University
Joshua L. Miller, University of Michigan 
Brian Norman, Loyola University Maryland 
Claudine Raynaud, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
Robert Reid-Pharr, CUNY Graduate Center
Alan Rice, University of Central Lancashire
Marlon Ross, University of Virginia
Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary, University of London 
Lynn O. Scott, Michigan State University
Courtney Thorsson, University of Oregon 
Maurice Wallace, Duke University
Dagmawi Woubshet, Cornell University 
Michelle Wright, Northwestern University 
Magdalena J. Zaborowska, University of Michigan


Now accepting submissions for the 2016 volume.  Articles in JBR will be published online, with no access, submission, or subscription fees.  Full submission details available here.

Notes for contributors

The editors encourage the submission of cross disciplinary articles on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. Possible contributors should contact the managing editor at [email protected].


The James Baldwin Review (JBR), an annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for its second volume. An Open Access online publication, the James Baldwin Review will bring together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. JBR publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin, catalyse explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’ writing and political activism, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this
complex and luminary figure.

Each year the journal publishes an outstanding essay by a graduate student. The JBR welcomes submissions on all aspects of Baldwin’s life, but particularly welcomes essays that engage with the writer’s continuing relevance in the wake of the Ferguson, Baltimore, and other related riots in the United States.

It is the aim of the James Baldwin Review to provide a vibrant and multi-disciplinary forum for the international community of Baldwin scholars, students, and enthusiasts.

We accept submissions throughout the year but in order to be considered for volume 2, submissions must be received by January 1st 2016.


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