Spiritual interrogations : culture, gender, and community in early African American women's writing

Katherine Clay Bassard

The late eighteenth century witnessed an influx of black women to the slave-trading ports of the American Northeast. The formation of an early African American community, bound together by shared experiences and spiritual values, owed much to these women's voices. The significance of their writings would be profound for all African Americans' sense of their own identity as a people. Katherine Clay Bassard's book is the first detailed account of pre-Emancipation writings from the period of 1760 to 1863, in light of a developing African American religious culture and emerging free black communities.Her study - which examines the relationship among race, culture, and community - focuses on four women: the poet Phillis Wheatley and poet and essayist Ann Plato, both Congregationalists; and the itinerant preacher Jarena Lee, and Shaker eldress Rebecca Cox Jackson, who, with Lee, had connections with African Methodism. Together, these women drew on what Bassard calls a 'spirituals matrix', which transformed existing literary genres to accommodate the spiritual music and sacred rituals tied to the African diaspora. Bassard's important illumination of these writers resurrects their path-breaking work. They were co-creators, with all black women who followed, of African American intellectual life.

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  • Acknowledgments Ch. 1The Daughters' Arrival: Histories, Theories, Vernaculars Ch. 2Diaspora Subjectivity and Transatlantic Crossings: Phillis Wheatley's Poetics of Recovery Ch. 3"The Too Advent'rous Strain": Slavery, Conversion, and Poetic Empowerment in Phillis Wheatley's Elegies Ch. 4"Social Piety" in Ann Plato's Essays Ch. 5"I Took a Text": Itinerancy, Community, and Intertextuality in Jarena Lee's Spiritual Narratives Ch. 6Rituals of Desire: Spirit, Culture, and Sexuality in the Writings of Rebecca Cox Jackson Ch. 7Performing Community: Culture, Community, and African American Subjectivity before Emancipation Afterword: The Sacred Subject Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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書名 Spiritual interrogations : culture, gender, and community in early African American women's writing
著作者等 Bassard Katherine Clay
シリーズ名 Princeton studies in culture/power/history
出版元 Princeton University Press
刊行年月 c1999
ページ数 183 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 069101647X
NCID BA40943411
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国