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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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James Baldwin and the 1980s

Joseph Vogel

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Baldwin’s unpublished play, The Welcome Table, within the context of the AIDS epidemic.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 Since The Welcome Table remains unpublished and largely unavailable to the general public, the chapter also attempts to showcase a relatively unknown but significant work from Baldwin’s final decade.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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