IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(5): 422-428 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.493

Travel in Black and White: James Baldwin's Equal in Paris

Oana Cogeanu
Abstract—After leaving the United States for Europe, James Baldwin reports of having discovered what it means to be a „Negro American'. Baldwin's paradoxical discovery of black America in Europe forms the substance of his first published volume, Notes of a Native Son (1955). This paper focuses on one of James Baldwin's most interesting and least approached travel texts, namely “Equal in Paris”, in order to find out what being a „Negro American' means to Baldwin. In other words, the paper aims at investigating the formation and re-presentation of (African-American) racial identity on an ethnically foreign background through travel (and) writing.

Index Terms—James Baldwin, equal in Paris, travel, race, blackness, African-American.

Oana Cogeanu is with the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Republic of Korea (e-mail: oa_na_co@yahoo.com).

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Cite: Oana Cogeanu, " Travel in Black and White: James Baldwin's Equal in Paris," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 422-428, 2015.

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