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Honoring the ancestors : an African cultural interpretation of Black religion and literature

Author: Donald Henry Matthews
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
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"Donald Matthews affirms once and for all the African foundation of African-American religious practice." "Because the Negro spiritual is the earliest extant body of African-American folk religious narration, Matthews believes that it holds the key to understanding African-American religion. He explores the works of such seminal black scholars as W.E.B. DuBois, Melville Herskovits, and Zora Neale Hurston, tracing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Henry Matthews
ISBN: 0195091043 9780195091045 9780199963997 0199963991
OCLC Number: 823834188
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Chicago
Description: xiii, 171 s. : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Interpretation and the African American Situation ; 2. Cultural Contact and Cultural Space: The Dialectics of Negation and Resistance ; 3. A Theology of the Spirituals: The Spirituals as Postmodern Discource ; 4. Black Literary Criticism and Narrative Hermeneutics ; 5. An Analysis of All God's Dangers Based on the Spirituals ; 6. The Spirituals: An African Cultural Narrative Theology ; Postscript ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index
Responsibility: Donald H. Matthews
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This book has two major emphases: it is an analysis of the methods employed by social scientists, historians, and literary critics in the study of African American religion; and it is a constructive  Read more...

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Matthews has done a valuable service in Honoring the Ancestors. It is a remarkable study of African American life, culture, and spirituality. His ingenious four Fs will change the way readers and Read more...

 
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