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James Baldwin and the 1980sWitnessing the Reagan Era$
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Joseph Vogel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041747

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.001.0001

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The Welcome Table

The Welcome Table

Intimacy, AIDS, and Love

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(p.69) 3 The Welcome Table
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James Baldwin and the 1980s
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Joseph Vogel

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0004

This chapter examines Baldwin’s unpublished play, The Welcome Table, within the context of the AIDS epidemic. While it is only mentioned explicitly in a few early passages, the AIDS crisis serves as a significant backdrop to the events that follow. AIDS, that is, is not merely a trivial, passing reference in the text; it plays an important role as subtext and context. Since The Welcome Table remains unpublished and largely unavailable to the general public, the chapter also attempts to showcase a relatively unknown but significant work from Baldwin’s final decade.

Keywords:   James Baldwin, AIDS, The Welcome Table, 1980s, Rock Hudson, Sexuality, Ronald Reagan

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