American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures. By Joanna Brooks. and “Face Zion Forward”: First Writers of the Black Atlantic, 1785-1798. Ed. by Joanna Brooks and John Saillant.

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Karen A. Weyler, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In different ways, American Lazarus and "Face Zion Forward" contribute to the growing body of scholarship about the circumatlantic movement of people and ideas in the eighteenth century. 'Face Zion Forward" is a collection of primary texts, while American Lazarus is a monograph, but both ultimately argue for black and Native American literary traditions based on personal experience; these literary traditions both emerged from and produced distinctive religious communities. And, as Brooks asserts in American Lazarus, the figure of Lazarus assumed a central position in these texts, providing an inspirational biblical type in response to the violence and displacement that result ed from racial oppression in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world.

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South Atlantic Review 70.2 (2005): 186-91.
Language: English
Date: 2005
Book review, Comparison, 18th century history

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