Abstract

Reading James Baldwin’s selected writings alongside the works of the photographer of the American West, Robert Adams, this essay examines the critiques of whiteness, the American Dream, and mass consumerism in the postwar era. By engaging Baldwin’s works alongside Adams’ photographs that document the alienation and destruction of land in the American suburbs in the 1960s and ’70s, this piece extends the salient geographic and theoretical scope of Baldwin’s prescience about the cataclysmic consequences of the American way of life.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1945-6182
Print ISSN
1062-4783
Pages
pp. 653-670
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-03
Open Access
No
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