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Houston Baker and the South: More Tight Spots

Houston Baker and the South: More Tight Spots Houston Baker and the South: More Tight Spots by Anne Goodwyn Jones Turning South Again: Re-thinking Modernism / Re-reading Booker T. By Houston A. Baker, Jr. Durham: Duke UP, 2001. 117 pages. $15.95 paper, $45.95 cloth. Critical Memory: Public Spheres, African American Writing, and Black Fathers and Sons in America. By Houston A. Baker, Jr. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2001. xv + 75 pages. $24.95. Riché Richardson has noticed that the title of Houston Bak- er’s recent volume, Turning South Again, echoes that of V. S. Naipaul’s book about the South, A Turn in the South. If Baker’s title is signify- ing on Naipaul’s, the key word in Baker’s title is “Again.” Whereas Nai- paul took a turn in the South as an outsider and observer, Baker’s title emphasizes the South as his place of origin. Returning to the South of Durham, North Carolina, as he takes a new position at Duke Univer- sity, Baker is reminded of his childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, where black boys lived in fear of the mythical Blue Man, and the absence of a father left a very young “Junior” terrifi ed through a long dark winter. In Turning South Again Baker uses http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Houston Baker and the South: More Tight Spots

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 36 (2) – May 19, 2004

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2004 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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1534-1461

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Houston Baker and the South: More Tight Spots by Anne Goodwyn Jones Turning South Again: Re-thinking Modernism / Re-reading Booker T. By Houston A. Baker, Jr. Durham: Duke UP, 2001. 117 pages. $15.95 paper, $45.95 cloth. Critical Memory: Public Spheres, African American Writing, and Black Fathers and Sons in America. By Houston A. Baker, Jr. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2001. xv + 75 pages. $24.95. Riché Richardson has noticed that the title of Houston Bak- er’s recent volume, Turning South Again, echoes that of V. S. Naipaul’s book about the South, A Turn in the South. If Baker’s title is signify- ing on Naipaul’s, the key word in Baker’s title is “Again.” Whereas Nai- paul took a turn in the South as an outsider and observer, Baker’s title emphasizes the South as his place of origin. Returning to the South of Durham, North Carolina, as he takes a new position at Duke Univer- sity, Baker is reminded of his childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, where black boys lived in fear of the mythical Blue Man, and the absence of a father left a very young “Junior” terrifi ed through a long dark winter. In Turning South Again Baker uses

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Published: May 19, 2004

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