Afro-Eccentricity: Beyond the Standard Narrative of Black Religion

Hardcover | March 31, 2011

byW. Hart

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Afro-Eccentricity explores three overlapping stories of Black Religion: the Soul, Black Church, and Ancestor Narratives. Hart contends that these narratives dominate most accounts of Black Religion that, collectively, he calls the “Standard Narrative of Black Religion.” Against the backdrop of this account, where Afro-Eccentricity is a pun and critical trope, Hart interprets Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow as a battlefield between Afrocentric and Afro-Eccentric versions of the Ancestor Narrative. Then he explores four theorists of Black Religion—Charles H. Long, William R. Jones, Cornel West, and Theophus Smith—whose works push against the limitations of the Standard Narrative.

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Afro-Eccentricity explores three overlapping stories of Black Religion: the Soul, Black Church, and Ancestor Narratives. Hart contends that these narratives dominate most accounts of Black Religion that, collectively, he calls the “Standard Narrative of Black Religion.” Against the backdrop of this account, where Afro-Eccentricity is a...

William David Hart is a Professor of Religious Studies and affiliated faculty in the African American Studies Program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He is the author of Edward Said and the Religious Effects of Culture and Black Religion: Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:March 31, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230111572

ISBN - 13:9780230111578

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Table of Contents

Afro-Eccentricity * Three Narratives of Black Religion * Art and the Ancestor Narrative * The Archaeologist * The Renegade * The Prophet * The Conjuror * Concluding Remarks