The Sacred Act of Reading: Spirituality, Performance, and Power in Afro-Diasporic Literature - New World Studies (Paperback)Anne Margaret Castro (author)
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Castro examines prophecy in the dramas of Derek Walcott, preaching in the ethnography of Zora Neale Hurston, and liturgy in the novels of Toni Morrison, offering comparative readings alongside the works of Afro-Colombian anthropologist Manuel Zapata Olivella, Jamaican sociologist Erna Brodber, and Canadian fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson. The Sacred Act of Reading is the first book to bring together literary texts, historical and contemporary anthropological studies, theology, and critical theory to show how black authors in the Americas employ spiritual phenomena as theoretical frameworks for thinking within, against, and beyond structures of political dominance, dependence, and power.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Offering beautiful readings and an innovative interpretative approach, Anne Margaret Castro presents a much-needed discussion of how the preaching tradition and other religious and spiritual practices are incorporated into and transform Afro-diasporic writing."--Jeannine Murray-Roman, Florida State University