The Continuing Influence of James Baldwin

Finding James Baldwin at the Library
James Baldwin taken Hyde Park, London. Allan Warren, CC BY-SA 3.0

We’re inspired by BAMPFA’s current film exhibition, James Baldwin, Reflection and Resistance: James Baldwin and Cinema! Brush up on your Baldwin with his works available at the UC Berkeley Libraries.

The recent 2016 film I Am Not Your Negro based on James Baldwin’s incomplete manuscript, Remember This House, has made quite the critical splash, and yet this award-winning film is far from the first Baldwin piece to make it to the silver screen. In related programming, Thursday, November 9th at BAMPFA features a showing of documentary The Nine Muses by John Akomfrah, with an introduction from UC Berkeley’s own Stephen Best, and Tongues Untied, introduced by Damon Young, on Thursday, November 16th. Can’t make it? You can find both films at the Moffitt Library Media Resources Center here and here.

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New Books In Graduate Services In August


Airmail : the letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer

Airmail: The Letters Of Robert Bly and Tomas Transtromer edited by Thomas R. Smith

Signature Derrida.

Signature Derrida by Jacques Derrida edited and with a preface by Jay Williams and introduction by Francoise Meltzer

A companion to Foucault

A Companion To Foucault edited by Christopher Falzon, Timothy O’Leary, and Jana Sawicki

Daddy Love

Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates

The years

The Cambridge Edition Of The Works Of Virginia Woolf: The Years edited by Anna Snaith

Read Our Books!: New Books In Graduate Services In January

New books for a new year here in Graduate Services. So, Come Read Our Books if you are a faculty member, graduate student, visiting scholar, or staff member. Read Our Books! We have books of all sizes here in Graduate Services. We got small books, tall books, skinny books, fat books. Read Our Books! And books of all colors: blues, purples, reds, oranges, blacks, yellows. A combination of all the colors and their various shades can be found right here in Graduate Services. Read Our Books! Some of our books even have pictures in them! Color Pictures! Read Our Books! The type setting is in all kinds of fonts: Adobe Garamond, Bodoni Book, Garamond Premeir Pro among many others. Read Our Books! Do you like acid free paper? We have many books printed on this kind of paper. Read Our Books! Do you have scurvy? We have books that have acidically aged so well that you can get your daily supply of vitamin C just by thumbing through them. Read Our Books! Are you into the Humanities and Social Science? Well, that’s great because those are the kinds of books we have here in Graduate Services. Read Our Books! We have books for everyone who is a faculty member, graduate student, visiting scholar, or staff member interested in size, fonts, colors, paper, and the Humanities and Social Sciences. Read Our Books! So don’t forget if that is you, we have Your book that can be read in Our room! Read Our Books! Enjoy.

Philosophy For Militants by Alain Badiou

A Place In Time: Twenty Stories Of The Port William Membership by Wendell Berry

All Things by Jorie Graham

The Fall Of Kelvin Walker: A Fable Of The Sixties by Alasdair Gray

Something Leather: A Novel by Alasdair Gray

Ten Tales Tall And True: Social Realism, Sexual Comedy, Science Fiction, Satire by Alasdair Gray

Writing Is An Aid To Memory by Lyn Hejinian

The Book Of Genesis: A Biography by Ronald Hendel

The Uncollected Henry James: Newly Discovered Stories edited by Floyd Horowitz

From Here To Eternity: The Complete Uncensored Edition by James Jones with a forward by William Styron

Ontology Of The Accident: An Essay On Destructive Plasticity by Catherine Malabou

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Adoration: The Deconstruction Of Christianity II by Jean-Luc Nancy

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Common Law, History, And Democracy In America, 1790-1900: Legal Thought Before Modernism by Kunal M. Parker

Fifteen One-Act Plays by Sam Shepard

The Times They Are A Changing: New Books In Graduate Services In December

It’s the end of the year and the time for rebirth is upon us. No, I’m not talking about the Mayan Apocalypse. I’m talking about some old man love between Alain Badiou, Alasdair Gray, and George Bernard Shaw that’s going to posthumously bring about the rebirth of history in the letters section of The Times. This is heavy stuff my friend. But then again, rebirthing always is. And did I mention it is only happening here in Graduate Services? Well, it is; so you better get here fast or you might be celebrating the holidays the old world way. And the new world is going to be so much cooler. You’ll see. It’s going to be happy hour all day long. Enjoy.


The rebirth of history

The Rebirth Of History by Alain Badiou

Old men in love : John Tunnock's posthumous papers : introduced by Lady Sara Sim-Jaegar

Old Men In Love: John Tunnock’s Posthumous Papers by Alasdair Gray

The letters of Bernard Shaw to The times, 1898-1950

The Letters Of Bernard Shaw To The Times collected and annotated by Ronald Ford

Gobble Gobble Hey: New Books In Graduate Services In November

Another November and another batch of new books in Graduate Services. You’d be a turkey not to dig in. Because we accept you. You’re one of us. Enjoy.


The dream of the unified field : selected poems, 1974-1994

The Dream Of The Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994 by Jorie Graham

What light can do : essays on art, imagination, and the natural world

What Light Can Do?: Essays On Art, Imagination, And The Natural World by Robert Hass


Praises by Elizabeth Jennings

Textes dispersés / Miscellaneous texts / edited and introduced by Herman Parret ; with an epilogue by Jean-Michel Durafour ; translated by Vlad Ionescu, Erica Harris & Peter W. Milne.

Miscellaneous Texts I: Aesthetics And Theory Of Art by Jean-Francois Lyotard

Textes dispersés II: artistes contemporains

Miscellaneous Texts II: Contemporary Artists by Jean-Francois Lyotard

The Year of Dreaming Dangerously

The Year Of Dreaming Dangerously by Slavoj Zizek

Burried Alive In A Firewoks Display: New Books In Graduate Services in July

Only one book this month with revolution in its title. Did you really expect more from a non-circulating collection though? Anyway, come on in for the 3% if that’s your thing, but don’t forget about the other 97% if it isn’t (These are rounded figures by the way). Enjoy.



Romance Language: A Historical Introduction by Ti Alkire and Carol Rosen


The Sword Went Out To Sea (Synthesis Of A Dream) by Delia Alton/H.D.


A Local Habitation And A Name: Imagining Histories In The Italian Renaissance by Albert Russell Ascoli


Final Fridays: Essays, Lectures, Tributes & Other Nonfiction, 1995- by John Barth


A Cultural History Of Climate by Wolfgang Behringer


Monstrous Martyrdoms: Three Plays by Eric Bentley


New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry


The Oxford History Of Popular Print Culture Volume 6: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920 edited by Christine Bold


Play:9 by Edward Bond


The Jewish Gospels: The Story Of The Jewish Christ by Daniel Boyarin


Bunting’s Perisa: Translations By Basil Bunting edited by Don Share


Reflections On The Revolution In France: A Critical Edition by Edmund Burke edited by J.C.D Clark


The Order Of Books: Readers, Authors, And Libraries In Europe Between The Fourteenth And Eighteenth Centuries by Roger Chartier


The Cambridge Edition Of The Works Of Joseph Conrad: A Personal Record edited by Zdzislaw Najder and J.H. Stape


The Cambridge Edition Of The Works Of Joseph Conrad: Tales Of Unrest edited by Allan H. Simmons and J.H. Stape


Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History by Samera Esmeir


Novels 1926-1929: Soldiers’ Play, Mosquitoes, Flags In The Dust, The Sound And The Fury by William Faulkner


Dreaming Baseball by James T. Farrell


My Days Of Anger by James T. Farrell WIth An Introduction By Charles Fanning


The Cambridge Edition Of The Works Of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender Is The Night: A Romance edited by James W. West III


The Collected Prose of Robert Frost edited by Mark Richardson


The Book Of A Thousand Eyes by Lynn Hejinian


The Letters Of A.E. Housman Volumes 1 and 2 edited by Archie Burnett


Poet And Critic: The Letters Of Ted Hughes And Keith Sagar edited by Keith Sagar


No Enchanted Palace: The End Of Empire And The Ideological Origins Of The United Nations by Mark Mazower


Home by Toni Morrison


The Last Utopia: Human Rights In History by Samuel Moyn


Stealing Obedience: Narratives Of Agency And Identity In Later Anglo-Saxon England by Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe


Labors Of Innocence In Early Modern England by Joanna Picciotto


The Romance Languages by Rebecca Posner


The Cambridge History Of Postcolonial Literature volumes 1 and 2 edited by Ato Quayson


Getting Published In International Journals: Writing Strategies For European Social Scientists by Natalie Reid


Logics Of History: Social Theory And Social Transformation by William H. Sewell Jr.


The Poetry Of Thought: From Hellenism To Celan by George Steiner


The Shakespeare Head Press Edition Of Virginia Woolf: Three Guineas edited by Naomi Black

You’ve Got Mail: New Books In Graduate Services In June

You can say that four books is not a lot to get in a month. But what if two of those books were collections of letters? Would you still say that? I mean imagine how much mail this would be if each one of the letters in these two books arrived at your door. You’d think you were a teen pop star, or at least some sad public figure who survived a tragedy and ended up on a day time television talk show. Either way lots of mail would be coming your way and you would probably have your own mail room section at the local post office. That’s the way I like to think about these four books: two books plus the condensed intensity of years of mail service. Enjoy.



A Picture And A Criticism Of Life: New Letters Volume 1 by Theodore Dreiser


The Letters Of Ernest Hemingway Volume 1: 1907-1922 edited by Sandra Spanier and Robert W. Trogdon


The Magic Mirror: A Study Of The Double In Two Of Dostoevsky’s Novels by Sylvia Path


The Oxford History Of Popular Print Culture Volume 1: Cheap Print In Britain And Ireland To 1660 edited by Joad Raymond

There Is No Book So Bad…That It Does Not Have Something Good In It: New Books In Graduate Services In May

There were lots of books that arrived here in Graduate Services in May. And I betcha one of these books uses the word quixotic at least once. I wonder which one it is. You might have to come down here and go through all of them to find out. Enjoy the books while you’re doing this.



Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion by Joshua D. Angrist and Jorn-Steffen Pischke


Avant-Garde Fascism: The Mobilization Of Myth, Art, And Culture In France, 1909-1939 by Mark Antliff


The British Atlantic World, 1500-1800 Second Edition edited by David Armitage and Michael J. Braddick


States Of War: Enlightenment Origins Of The Political by David WiIliam Bates


A Search For Sovereignty: Law And Geography In European Empires, 1400-1900 by Lauren Benton


Poems In The Porch: The Radio Poems Of John Betjeman edited by Kevin J. Gardner


Empires In World History: Power And The Politics Of Difference by Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper


Equipment For Living: The Literary Reviews Of Kenneth Burke edited by Nathaniel A. Rivers and Ryan P. Weber


Ornamentalism: How The British Saw Their Empire by David Cannadine


The Book Of Memory: A Study Of Memory In Medieval Culture (Second Edition) by Mary Carruthers


Cervantes, Literature And The Discourse Of Politics by Anthony J. Cascardi


The Sentimental Education Of The Novel by Margaret Cohen


The Empire Project: The Rise And Fall Of The British World-System, 1830-1970 by John Darwin


The Seven Sisters by Margaret Drabble


Nature’s Government: Science, Imperial Britian, And The “Improvement” Of The World by Richard Drayton


The Financier: The Critical Edition by Theodore Dreiser edited by Roark Mulligan


The BBC Talks Of E.M. Forster, 1929-1960: A Selected Edition edited by Mark Lago, Linda K. Hughes, and Elizabeth MacLeod Walls


Doubt, Atheism, And The Nineteenth-Century Russian Intelligentsia by Victoria Frede


The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise Of The English Empire In The American South, 1670-1717 by Alan Gallay


Life: Organic Form And Romanticism by Denise Gigante


A History Of American Literature (Second Edition) by Richard Gray


Green Imperialism: Colonial Expansion, Tropical Island Edens, And The Origins Of Environmentalism, 1600-1860 by Richard H. Grove


The Wide Road by Lyn Hejinian and Carla Harryman

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Bodies Of Memory: Narrative Of War In Postwar Japanese Culture, 1945-1970 by Yoshikuni Igarashi


The Sea Is My Brother: The Lost Novel by Jack Kerouac


1491: New Revelations Of The Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann


Signs Taken For Wonders: Essays In The Sociology Of Literary Forms by Franco Moretti


The Way Of The World: The Bildungsroman In European Culture (New Edition) by Franco Moretti


Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics by Timothy Morton


The Agamben Dictionary edited by Alex Murray and Jessica Whyte


Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates


Charles Olson: Letters Home, 1949-1969 edited by David Rich


Exorcism: A Play In One Act by Eugene O’Neil with a Foreward by Edward Albee


The Rule Of Moderation: Violence, Religion And The Politics Of Restraint In Early Modern England by Ethan H. Shagan


Where Have All The Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation Of Modern Europe by James J. Sheehan


Habermas: An Intellectual Biography by Matthew G. Specter


Christianity Not As Old As The Creation: The Last Of Defoe’s Performances edited by G.A. Starr


Ida: A Novel by Gertrude Stein edited by Logan Esdale


To Do: A Book Of Alphabets And Birthdays by Gerturde Stein with illustrations by Giselle Potter and an introduction by Timothy Young

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Line In The Sand: A History Of The Western U.S.-Mexico Border by Rachel St. John


The Tokyo War Crimes Trial: The Pursuit Of Justice In The Wake Of World War II by Yuma Totani


World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction by Immanuel Wallerstein


Capitalism And Slavery by Eric Williams with a new introduction by Colin A. Palmer

Happy Hour All Day Long: New Books In Graduate Services In April

Come on into Graduate Services this month for Everyday Drinking by Kingsley Amis, and stay around for Rub Out The Words by William S. Burroughs. Before its over you’ll be mind deep in The Handbook of Medieval Sexuality among other things. I mean its a proven equation for happines: (Social Lubrication) + (Rubbing One Out) + (Getting All Medieval) = Smiley Face. I know. I promise. Enjoy.



Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis with an introduction by Christopher Hitchens


Handbook Of Medieval Sexuality edited by Vern L. Bullough and James A. Brundage


Rub Out The Words: The Letters Of William S. Burroughs, 1959-1974 edited by Bill Morgan


The Refinement Of America: Persons, Houses, Cities by Richard L. Bushman


The Works Of Joseph Conrad: Lord Jim edited by J.H. Stape and Ernest W. Sullivan II


The Red Queen: A Transcultural Tragicomedy by Margaret Drabble


The Pursued by C.S. Forester


Beautiful Circuits: Modernism And The Mediated Life by Mark Goble


Fat Master by Thomas Kinsella


Love Joy Peace by Thomas Kinsella

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The Grand Piano: An Experiment In Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975-1980 v.1-10 by Bob Perman, Steve Benson, Tom Mandel, Kit Robinson, Rae Armantrout, Barrett Watten, Carla Harryman, Ron Silliman, Lyn Hejinian, and Ted Pearson


It’s Your Misfortune And None Of My Own: A New History Of The American West by Richard White