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An Interview with James Baldwin (1969)
Rich Blint and Nazar Büyüm

This is the first English language publication of an interview with James Baldwin (1924–87) conducted by Nazar Büyüm in 1969, Istanbul, Turkey. Deemed too long for conventional publication at the time, the interview re-emerged last year and reveals Baldwin’s attitudes about his literary antecedents and influences such as Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Countee Cullen; his views concerning the “roles” and “duties” of a writer; his assessment of his critics; his analysis of the power and message of the Nation of Islam; his lament about the corpses that are much of the history and fact of American life; an honest examination of the relationship of poor whites to American blacks; an interrogation of the “sickness” that characterizes Americans’ commitment to the fiction and mythology of “race,” as well as the perils and seductive nature of American power.

James Baldwin Review
James Baldwin’s Radicalism and the Evolution of His Thought on Israel
Nadia Alahmed

This article traces the evolution of James Baldwin’s discourse on the Arab–Israeli conflict as connected to his own evolution as a Black thinker, activist, and author. It creates a nuanced trajectory of the transformation of Baldwin’s thought on the Arab–Israeli conflict and Black and Jewish relations in the U.S. This trajectory is created through the lens of Baldwin’s relationship with some of the major radical Black movements and organizations of the twentieth century: Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, and, finally, the Black Power movement, especially the Black Panther Party. Using Baldwin as an example, the article displays the Arab–Israeli conflict as a terrain Black radicals used to articulate their visions of the nature of Black oppression in the U.S., strategies of resistance, the meaning of Black liberation, and articulations of Black identity. It argues that the study of Baldwin’s transformation from a supporter of the Zionist project of nation-building to an advocate of Palestinian rights and national aspirations reveals much about the ideological transformations of the larger Black liberation movement.

James Baldwin Review
Jerry Weinberger

106 Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis 6 On the miracles in Bacon’s New Atlantis JERRY WEINBERGER Bacon’s New Atlantis depicts the world to be produced by his famous project for modern science and technology and the consequent mastery of nature and ‘relief of man’s estate’. The sailors who come upon the island leave a world where they are buffeted by the destructive forces of nature – wind, calm, famine, and disease – and enter one where the weather is controlled, needs met, and sickness cured. The key element of Bensalemite history is the founding by King Solamona

in Francis Bacon’s <i>New Atlantis</i>
Richard Serjeantson

, almost all of which involve ‘experiments’ in some way (486–7). The purpose of the institution is to produce knowledge (480); the kind of knowledge sought is, without exception, the knowledge of nature. If Francis Bacon is famous for anything, it is for a singular concern with natural science. In a series of works, Bacon lambasted Price_05_Ch5 82 14/10/02, 9:36 am Natural knowledge 83 his contemporaries for their ignorance and complacency about the natural world, and proposed a series of increasingly bold plans to remedy the situation. In his grand encyclopaedia

in Francis Bacon’s <i>New Atlantis</i>
Sustaining literature
Claire Colebrook

where one might turn to the problem of the sublime and deconstruction. Is it possible to accept the inhuman intensity of the problem of the future – its necessary capacity to outstrip calculation and imagination – without abandoning the task or problem of survival altogether? Rather than engineering Nature, the humanities or the imagination in order to ensure ‘our’ survival, one might ask whether there has been an excess of comprehension in the face of a time and history that has not been paralysing enough. That is, in the face of the failure of scientific know-how to

in Literature and sustainability
Jonathan Atkin

7 Obscurer individuals and their themes of response The destruction of nature as reality and metaphor This chapter casts the net wider. Following the responses of the small but influential Bloomsbury circle, the earlier chapters have encompassed the experiences of other celebrated thinkers and writers (especially Bertrand Russell), some of whom donned uniform, and also certain women, well-known and otherwise, some of whom travelled to the war-zone as nurses or observers. It has became clear that similar aesthetic–humanistic responses occurred outside the

in A war of individuals
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Sara Haslam

faintest of smiles, the simplest of words, the slightest gesture’, and whilst the comparison with James is well-judged, Mizener misses the edge to this text, one that raises its game and enables comparison of its drama with that of The Good Soldier and Parade’s End.1 Freud has much to say of the active implications of ‘civilized society’. This society is one that demands good conduct and does not trouble itself about the instinctual basis of this conduct, [and] has thus won over to obedience a great many people who are not in this following their own natures. Encouraged

in Fragmenting modernism
Louisa Atkinson’s recasting of the Australian landscape
Grace Moore

A botanist, journalist, taxidermist, and fiction-writer, Louisa Atkinson (1834–72) was the first Australian-born woman to publish a novel, and a stern critic of violence in the name of progress. Gertrude the Emigrant (1857) appeared when its author was only twenty-three, but by then Atkinson was already an accomplished nature writer and a highly respected botanical illustrator. 1 She had also begun to pen short stories for the local newspapers, and went on to publish five more novels (an additional novel, Tressa’s Resolve , was published posthumously

in Worlding the south
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Bronwen Price

Introduction 1 1 Introduction BRONWEN PRICE if a man could succeed … in kindling a light in nature – a light which should in its very rising touch and illuminate all the borderregions that confine upon the circle of our present knowledge; and so spreading further and further should presently disclose and bring into sight all that is hidden and secret in the world, – that man should be the benefactor indeed of the human race, – the propagator of man’s empire over the universe, the champion of liberty, the conqueror and subduer of necessities.1 Francis Bacon

in Francis Bacon’s <i>New Atlantis</i>
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Sibylle Lacan’s Un père: puzzle
Elizabeth Fallaize

   Puzzling out the fathers: Sibylle Lacan’s Un père: puzzle Sibylle Lacan’s text Un père, published in , bears the subtitle ‘puzzle’, a term which the author describes as referring primarily to the fragmented nature of her writing.1 However, it applies equally well to the subject of her text: the question of what kind of father Jacques Lacan represented for her is a puzzle wrestled with throughout the text. Behind this puzzle lies another. Is her text also primarily a testimony to her father’s intellectual legacy? In taking up her pen, is

in Women’s writing in contemporary France