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Publications of Houston A Baker    :chronological  alphabetical  combined  bibtex listing:


  1.  I Don't Hate the South: Reflections on Faulkner, Family, and the South. Oxford University Press, Fall, 2005. (manuscript submitted)
  2. Houston A. Baker, Jr.. The Betrayal of the Black Intellectuals: Afro-American Public Intellectuals in the Post-Civil Rights Era. Columbia University Press, Fall, 2005. (Manuscript due to editor by summer 2006)
  3.  Critical Memory: Public Spheres, Afro-Americans and Black Father and Sons in America. U of Georgia P, 2001.
  4.  Turning South Again: Re-Thinking Modernism, Re-Reading Booker T.. Duke UP, 2001.
  5.  Passing Over. Lotus Press, 2000.
  6.  Black Studies, Rap, and the Academy. U of Chicago P, 1993.
  7.  Workings of the Spirit: A Poetics of Afro-American Women's Writing. U of Chicago P, 1991.
  8.  Afro-American Poetics: Revisions of Harlem and the Black Aesthetic. U of Wisconsin P, 1988.
  9.  Modernism and Harlem Renaissance. U of Chicago P, 1987.
  10.  Blues Journeys Home. Lotus Press, 1985.
  11.  Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory. U of Chicago P, 1984.
  12.  Singers of Daybreak: Studies in Black American Literature. Howard UP, 1983.
  13.  Spirit Run. Lotus Press, 1982.
  14.  The Journey Back: Issues in Black Literature and Criticism. U of Chicago P, 1980.
  15.  No Matter Where You Travel, You Still Be Black. Lotus Press, 1979.
  16.  A Many-Colored Coat of Dreams: The Poetry of Countee Cullen. Broadside Press, 1974.
  17.  Long Black Song: Essays in Black American Literature and Culture. UP of Virginia, 1972.


  1. Houston A. Baker, Jr., special issue editor. Erasing the Commas: RaceGenderClassSexualityRegion. American Literature  (March, 2005). [books.php3]  [abs]
  2. H. Baker, E. Cheyfitz, F. Griffin, and J. Dyan, eds. American Cultural Studies.  U of Pennsylvania P, June 2002.  (Pending)
  3. H. Baker and D. Nelson, eds. Violence, the Body, and the South, Special Issue of American Literature devoted to a New Southern Studies.  2001.
  4. H. Baker, ed. Unsettling Blackness, Special Issue of American Literature devoted to Afro-American Literary Studies.  2000.

Essays/Articles/Chapters in Books

  1. "Afterword." New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement. Ed. Margo Crawford & Lisa Gail Collins. Rutgers University Press, 2005.
  2. H.A. Baker. "On the Criticism of Black Literature: One View of the Black Aesthetic." African American Literary Theory: A Reader. Ed. Winston Napier. New York University Press, 2004.  reprinted
  3. H.A. Baker. "Belief, Theory, and Blues: Notes for a Post-Structuralist Criticism of Afro-American Literature." African American Literary Theory: A Reader. Ed. Winston Napier. New York University Press, 2004.  reprinted
  4. H.A. Baker. "Blue Men, Black Writing, and Southern Revisions." SEQ Ed. Ken Surin. Vicissitudes of TheoryDuke University Press, (2004)  special issue
  5. H.A. Baker. "To Move Without Moving: An Analysis of Creativity and Commerce in Ralph Ellison's Trueblood Episode." Close Reading: The Reader. Ed. Frank Lentricchia & Andrew Dubois. Duke University Press, 2004. 
  6. "Constitutional Allegory and Stephen Carter as Affirmative Action Trickster." The Trickster. Ed. J. Reesman. U of Georgia P, 2000. 
  7. "On the Distinction of Jr.: My Father." Kentucky Humanities 2 (1999): 7-16.
  8. "Failed Prophet and Falling Stock: Why Ralph Ellison was Never Avant-Garde." Stanford Humanities Review 7 (1999)


  1. Houston Baker. "Set Piece." Beyond the Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st Century. Ed. E. Ethelbert Miller. (Black Classic Press, 2004).

Book Reviews

  1.  Review of D. Lewis' W.E.B. Du Bois Volume II.  The Philadelphia Inquirer (December, 2000).


  1. Houston A. Baker, Jr.. "Coltrane, Peeled Oranges, Cosmopolitanism, and a Last(ing) Word on Derrida." PMLA"Forum" on Jacques Derrida, (Winter, 2004).
  2. "Symposium on Houston A. Baker, Jr.." Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures LV.4 (2004).
  3. Houston A. Baker, Jr.. "Traveling With Faulkner, And Other Essays of the American Colorline." under contract to Oxford University Press. (2004). Work In Progress

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