African Spirituality in Black Women's Fiction: Threaded Visions of Memory, Community, Nature and Being

African Spirituality in Black Women's Fiction: Threaded Visions of Memory, Community, Nature and Being

by Elizabeth J. West


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ISBN-13: 9780739179376
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/16/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth J. West is an associate professor of English at Georgia State University. She received her Ph.D. in English with a certificate in Women's Studies from Emory University. Her research and teaching focuses on representations of gender, race, class, and spirituality in early American and African American literary works. She has published articles in anthologies and in CLA, MELUS, JCCH, Womanist, Black Magnolias, and South Central Review. She was an invited speaker and discussant for the 2009 Summer Transnational American Studies Seminar (sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service) at the University of Mainz (Germany). She was a 2002 AAUW Research Fellow and a ROOTS 2003 NEH Summer Seminar Participant (6/2-7/11 Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and University of Virginia). She has served as a Special Delegate for the Modern Language Association, and she is currently Assistant Treasurer for the College Language Association.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: From Africa to America
Chapter 2: Wheatley as Beginning
Chapter 3: African and Christian Encounters in Early Black Women’s Writings
Chapter 4: Silencing Africa: Christianity’s Persistent Voice in Early Black Women’s Novels
Chapter 5: Christianity and a Reawakening Africanity: Black Spirituality in the Post-Reconstruction Novels of Frances E. W. Harper and Pauline Hopkins
Chapter 6: Rethinking Religiosity in the Wake of Modernity: Transformations of Christian Idealisms in the Novels of Jessie Fauset
Chapter 7: Transformed Religiosities: Africanity and Christianity in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand and Zora Neale Hurston’s Jonah’s Gourd Vine and Their Eyes Were Watching God

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