Tribal Talk: Black Theology, Hermeneutics, and African/American Ways of

Tribal Talk: Black Theology, Hermeneutics, and African/American Ways of "Telling the Story" / Edition 1

by Will Coleman
     
 

ISBN-10: 027101945X

ISBN-13: 9780271019451

Pub. Date: 11/18/1999

Publisher: Penn State University Press

The experiences of enslaved African Americans have been recorded in writings identified as slave narratives, also called liberation narratives. Although much has been written about slave culture and slave religion from sociological and historical perspectives, Tribal Talk is the first book to study slave narratives as a source for a contemporary,

Overview

The experiences of enslaved African Americans have been recorded in writings identified as slave narratives, also called liberation narratives. Although much has been written about slave culture and slave religion from sociological and historical perspectives, Tribal Talk is the first book to study slave narratives as a source for a contemporary, constructive black theology, while also paying close attention to their literary and rhetorical value. Will Coleman explores from a theological, historical, and literary perspective the oral traditions of African American culture, and how those oral traditions have made an impact on the composition of slave narratives. Specifically, Coleman examines the process by which religious beliefs were passed down from generation to generation. He explores the various interpretive strategies that aid in understanding both the theological and the literary nature of African American slave narratives. Ultimately, he links black theology with the language and the religious experiences of enslaved black people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271019451
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
11/18/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments xiii
Part I
Pouring Ancestral Libations: The Coming of the Vodun
3(28)
"Root-Work," or (Re)Configuring the Transatlantic "Middle Passage": West African Roots of Religious Life in the African Americas
31(22)
(Re)Establishing Spirituality Within an Oppressive Cult(ure): Mediators, Spirit(s), and "Holy Ghost Power"
53(54)
Emancipation and (Re)Construction into a New Communal Self-Identity: The Work of the Spirit Among Communities of the Faithful
107(30)
Part II
Speaking Out: The Origin and Development of the Slave Narrative Collection
137(16)
Divination and Conjuration: Employing Interpretative Strategies
153(18)
Pouring More Libations: Black Theology as a Resource for Liberation Hermeneutics
171(24)
Bibliography 195(10)
Index 205

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