Justin A. Joyce

Senior Publications Editor / Managing Editor, James Baldwin Review
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    Justin A. Joyce is an interdisciplinary scholar of literature and film, educated at The University of Illinois at Chicago where he was a NCAA Division I gymnast. Joyce is one of the founding editors of James Baldwin Review, the journal’s current Managing Editor, and Senior Publications Editor at Washington University in St. Louis. Beyond James Baldwin Review, his writings on Baldwin have also appeared in A Historical Guide to James Baldwin (2009), and James Baldwin in Context (2019).

    Joyce’s first monograph, Gunslinging Justice: The American Culture of Gun Violence in Westerns and The Law (2018), examines the relationship between cinematic form and American jurisprudence is. He has been featured in interviews and discussions on The Humanities on the High Plains podcast and on RadioWest. Joyce’s writings have also appeared in The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire (2013), The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative (2014), Styling Texts: Dress and Fashion in Literature (2007), The Manchester University Press Blog, and the journals Western American Literature, Public Seminar, The International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, Ord & Bild, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Callaloo, and Great Plains Quarterly.


    With Dwight A. McBride, he is the editor of A Melvin Dixon Critical Reader (2006), a special issue of the journal Public Seminar entitled “Teaching While Black,” and two posthumous volumes: Vincent Woodard’s Lambda Literary Award-winning book, The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism in U.S. Slave Narratives (2014), and Lindon Barrett’s Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity (2014).


    Joyce’s current projects include the reissue of the poetry of Melvin Dixon with CM Burroughs (Columbia College, Chicago), and an anthology on the intersections of Black Civil and LGBTQ Rights, “Whose Beloved Community?” with Dwight A. McBride and Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Spelman College).


    James Baldwin Review (JBR) is an annual journal that brings together a wide array of peer‐reviewed critical and creative non-fiction on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. In addition to these cutting-edge contributions, each issue contains a review of recent Baldwin scholarship and an award-winning graduate student essay. James Baldwin Review publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin; catalyze explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’s writing and political activism; and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.

    James Baldwin Review is available, free of charge, at our open access site: https://www.manchesterhive.com/view/journals/jbr/jbr-overview.xml