Honoring the Ancestors: An African Cultural Interpretation of Black Religion and Literature

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Donald Matthews affirms once and for all the African foundation of African-American religious practice. Because the Negro spiritual is the earliest extant body of African-American folk religious narration, Matthews believes that it holds the key to understanding African-American religion. He explores the works of such seminal black scholars as W. E. B. DuBois, Melville Herskovits, and Zora Neale Hurston, tracing the early development of the African-centered approach to the interpretation of African-American ...
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Donald Matthews affirms once and for all the African foundation of African-American religious practice. Because the Negro spiritual is the earliest extant body of African-American folk religious narration, Matthews believes that it holds the key to understanding African-American religion. He explores the works of such seminal black scholars as W. E. B. DuBois, Melville Herskovits, and Zora Neale Hurston, tracing the early development of the African-centered approach to the interpretation of African-American religion. This book poses a challenge to end the battle between Afrocentrists and multiculturalists by acknowledging their common intellectual heritage in the works of DuBois, Herskovits, and Hurston. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of African-American religion and culture and those interested in Afrocentric literature.
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"It is a significant contribution to scholarship and should be of interest to many readers."—Christianity and Literature

"Recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199963997
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald H. Matthews is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Lead Faculty of the Master of Divinity Program at Naropa University.

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Table of Contents

1. Interpretation and the African American Situation
2. Cultural Contact and Cultural Space: The Dialectics of Negation and Resistance
3. A Theology of the Spirituals: The Spirituals as Postmodern Discource
4. Black Literary Criticism and Narrative Hermeneutics
5. An Analysis of All God's Dangers Based on the Spirituals
6. The Spirituals: An African Cultural Narrative Theology
Postscript
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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