Reading Baldwin’s The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction
Date: 9/20/17 – 10/25/17
Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom
Day of the Week: Wednesday
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Class Level: Open to All Levels
Genre: For Readers
Seats Available: -2
• Regular: $150.00
• Member: $135.00
• Low-Income: $105.00
This class will focus on reading James Baldwin’s collected essays, The Price of the Ticket, and is for both readers and writers. There will be a mixture of lecture and discussion, with emphasis on discussion. We’ll include side readings related to Baldwin, e.g., Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark, bell hooks’ killing rage, Hilton Als' White Girls, Ta-Nahesi Coates’ Between the World and Me, Frank Wilderson’s Red, White & Black.
As evidenced by the recent documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” Baldwin continues to be a prescient commentator on race in America. His brilliant essays are frequently quoted and provide a gloss on the inequalities in our society and politics and the shifts taking place now in American literature and culture. The class will explore the evolution of Baldwin’s thinking on race, literature and politics, and its relevance to present day America. We’ll also use Baldwin as a guide to understanding issues of race and identity that class members may be wrestling with. Optional writing exercises will be provided for writers in the class; we’ll also explore Baldwin’s aesthetics and how they apply to present day writing. Please obtain a copy of James Baldwin: Collected Essays: Notes of a Native Son / Nobody Knows My Name / The Fire Next Time / No Name in the Street / The Devil Finds Work / Other Essays (Library of America), edited by Toni Morrison, Ed. 1998 Literary Classics.
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