—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.
—James Baldwin, equal in Paris
, travel, race,
Oana Cogeanu is with the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul,
Republic of Korea (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.