Literary Expressions of African Spirituality (eBook)
by Carol P. Marsh-Lockett, Elizabeth J. West, Beauty Lee Bragg, James Manigault-Bryant, Mario Chandler, Darryl Dickson-Carr, John C. Hawley, Kameelah Martin, Georgene Bess Montgomery, Melvin Rahming, Erica L. Still, Roberto Strongman, Artress Bethany White
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With a focus on the connected spiritual legacy of the black Atlantic, Literary Expressions of African Spirituality leads the way to more comprehensive trans geographical studies of African spirituality in black art. With essays focusing on African spirituality in creative works by several trans-Atlantic black authors across varying locations in the Ameri-Atlantic diaspora, this collection reveals and examines their shared spiritual cosmology. Diasporic in scope, Literary Expressions of African Spirituality offers new readings of black literatures through the prism of spiritual memory that survived the damaging impact of trans-Atlantic slaving. This memory is a significant thread that has often been missed in the reading and teaching of the literatures of the African diaspora. Essays in this collection explore unique black angles of seeing and ways of knowing that characterize African spiritual presence and influence in trans-Atlantic black artistic productions. Essays exploring works ranging from turn-of-the-century African American figure W.E.B. DuBois, South African novelist Zakes Mda, Haitian novelists Edwidge Danticat and Jacques Roumain's, as well as African belief systems such as Voudoun and Candomble, provide a scope not yet offered in a single published volume. This collection explores the deep and often unconscious spiritual and psycho-social connectedness of people of African descent in the African and Ameri-Atlantic world.