Decolonial Theory in James Baldwin's "No Name in the Street"

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James Baldwin’s No Name in the Street chronicles Baldwin’s experiences living in Paris during the Indochina War and the Algerian War before returning to American in the midst of the American civil rights movement. In this project, we seek to read No Name in the Street through a decolonial approach, with our definition of decolonialism inspired by Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. We frame this project in two sections: 1) Baldwin and international decolonialism (in Vietnam, Algeria, and Paris) and 2) Baldwin’s writing about decolonial theory in America when he returns from abroad, specifically regarding Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton, and the Black Panthers.



James Baldwin, Frantz Fanon, No Name in the Street, Decolonialism, Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton, Black Panthers