Postmodernity and the History of African American Religious Representations: A Foucauldian Approach

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Sabrina Y. Dawkins (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Steven Cureton

Abstract: African Americans' religious expression may be significantly related to social change and cultural shifts. African American Christians engaged in worship, praise, and practice, were probably immersed in a fluid interplay between religiosity and spirituality, within the context of a troublesome racial legacy. Writers often employ literature to deliver the experiences of people; therefore, it seems logical to examine the literary social elite when attempting to explore religion. This research concerns to what degree did religious and/or spiritual dialogue manifest in black literature from slavery to postmodernity. Foucault provides exemplary ways to interpret organic meaning-making within the context of life course experiences. Therefore, a Foucauldian approach was used to navigate the sensitive minefield that is black religion, expression, and spirituality. The findings suggest that from 1619 to 2006, religious and spiritual representations in literature seemed to reflect black's experiences with slavery, emancipation, civil rights and the black power movement, and postmodernity.

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Language: English
Date: 2007
Foucault, Religion, Postmodern, Representation, Literature, African American

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