Black Womanist Ethics / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555402167
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1988
  • Series: AAR Academy Series, #60
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Origins of the Study 1
Methodologies Used in the Study 5
Summary of the Study 6
Preliminary Explanation of the Study 9
Chapter I. The Black Woman's Moral Situation, 1619-1900
The Moral Situation of the Black Woman in Slavery 31
The Moral Situation of the Black Woman After the Civil War 41
Chapter II. The Black Woman's Moral Situation in the Twentieth Century
The Moral Situation of the Black Woman During the Great Migration 59
The Moral Situation of the Black Woman Between the World Wars 62
The Moral Situation of the Black Woman in Contemporary Society 66
Chapter III. The Black Woman's Literary Tradition as a Source for Ethics
The Black Woman's Literary Tradition Parallels Black History 77
The Black Woman's Literary Tradition Uses the Oral Narrative Devices of the Black Community 84
The Black Woman's Literary Tradition Capuslizes the Insularity of the Black Community 87
Conclusion 89
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 Life 105
"Invisible Dignity" as It Relates to Moral Agency and Gender Discrimination in Hurston's Life 108
"Invisible Dignity" as It Relates to Moral Agency and Poverty in Hurston's Life 114
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
Conclusion 149
Chapter VI. Resources for a Constructive Ethic in the Theology of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thurman: 'Imago Dei' and Mysticism 160
King: 'Imago Dei' and Natural Law 163
Thurman: Love through Justice and Social Change 164
King: Love and Justice 165
Thurman: Community and Inter-relatedness 168
King: Beloved Community, Pragmatism and a Praxis of Resistance 169
Conclusion 174
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