Black Womanist Ethics / Edition 1

Black Womanist Ethics / Edition 1

by Katie Geneva Cannon
     
 

ISBN-10: 155540216X

ISBN-13: 9781555402167

Pub. Date: 01/28/1988

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This study articulates the distinctive moral character of the Afro-American women's community. Beginning with a reconstructive history of the Afro-American woman's situation in America, Katie G. Cannon goes on to trace the emergence of the Black woman's literary tradition and explain its importance in expressing the moral wisdom of Black women. The life and work of

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This study articulates the distinctive moral character of the Afro-American women's community. Beginning with a reconstructive history of the Afro-American woman's situation in America, Katie G. Cannon goes on to trace the emergence of the Black woman's literary tradition and explain its importance in expressing the moral wisdom of Black women. The life and work of Zora Neale Hurston are examined in detail for her unique contributions to the moral tradition of the Afro-American woman. A final chapter initiates a promising exchange between the works of Hurston and those of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555402167
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1988
Series:
AAR Academy Series, #60
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
Origins of the Study1
Methodologies Used in the Study5
Summary of the Study6
Preliminary Explanation of the Study9
Chapter I.The Black Woman's Moral Situation, 1619-1900
The Moral Situation of the Black Woman in Slavery31
The Moral Situation of the Black Woman After the Civil War41
Chapter II.The Black Woman's Moral Situation in the Twentieth Century
The Moral Situation of the Black Woman During the Great Migration59
The Moral Situation of the Black Woman Between the World Wars62
The Moral Situation of the Black Woman in Contemporary Society66
Chapter III.The Black Woman's Literary Tradition as a Source for Ethics
The Black Woman's Literary Tradition Parallels Black History77
The Black Woman's Literary Tradition Uses the Oral Narrative Devices of the Black Community84
The Black Woman's Literary Tradition Capuslizes the Insularity of the Black Community87
Conclusion89
Chapter IV.Resources for a Constructive Ethic in the Life of Zora Neale Hurston
"Invisible Dignity" as It Relates to Moral Agency and Racism' in Hurston's Life105
"Invisible Dignity" as It Relates to Moral Agency and Gender Discrimination in Hurston's Life108
"Invisible Dignity" as It Relates to Moral Agency and Poverty in Hurston's Life114
Chapter V.Resources for a Constructive Ethic in the Work of Zora Neale Hurston
Resources in the Fiction of Zora Neale Hurston (Quite Grace)125
Resources in the Nonfiction of Zora Neale Hurston (Unshouted Courage)143
Conclusion149
Chapter VI.Resources for a Constructive Ethic in the Theology of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thurman: 'Imago Dei' and Mysticism160
King: 'Imago Dei' and Natural Law163
Thurman: Love through Justice and Social Change164
King: Love and Justice165
Thurman: Community and Inter-relatedness168
King: Beloved Community, Pragmatism and a Praxis of Resistance169
Conclusion174
Bibliography

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