Black Men Worshipping: Intersecting Anxieties Of Race, Gender, And Christian Embodiment

Hardcover | September 15, 2011

byStacy C. Boyd

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Black Men Worshipping analyzes the discursive spaces where black Christian masculinity is constructed, performed, and contested in American religion and culture.  It judiciously considers the anxiety that emerges from black male negotiations with constructions of blackness, maleness, and Christian embodiment. Black Men Worshipping places fictive literary narratives such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin and In My Father’s House, and film narratives such as The Green Mile in dialogue with the non-fictive narratives of popular African American figures Bishop T. D. Jakes and Pastor Donnie McClurkin in an effort to provide a snapshot of the complex constellation of issues involved in black male Christian embodiment.

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Black Men Worshipping analyzes the discursive spaces where black Christian masculinity is constructed, performed, and contested in American religion and culture.  It judiciously considers the anxiety that emerges from black male negotiations with constructions of blackness, maleness, and Christian embodiment. Black Men Worshipping plac...

Stacy C. Boyd is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of West Georgia.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.59 × 5.66 × 0.66 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230113710

ISBN - 13:9780230113718

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Messianic Masculinity: Killing Black Male Bodies in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and The Green Mile * Christian Race Man: Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Search for Contemporary Christian Masculinity * Donnie McClurkin and the Tensions of Black Christian Sexuality * Father Stories and Hungry Sons in Ernest J. Gaines’s In My Father’s House

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“In Black Men Worshipping, Stacy Boyd has taken a bold step in analyzing the problems and possibilities of black masculinity across a range of cultural locations--most notably certain African American church communities. With deft interdisciplinarity, he considers the historical and contemporary assumptions and ideologies of black masculinity dating back to Harriet Beecher's Stowe's Uncle Tom and the evangelical masculinity associated with ministers like T.D. Jakes. An impressive study for which he should be commended.” --Jeffrey B. Leak, Associate Professor, Department of English, the University of North Carolina (Charlotte)“In Black Men Worshipping, Stacy Boyd analyzes a complex constellation of factors that affect the performance of black Christian masculinity in American history and in so doing, expands our understanding of how black men negotiate the multiple and contradictory social constructions that ‘black,’ ‘male,’ and ‘Christian’ conjure in our imaginations. Black Men Worshipping is a timely and critical intervention into the popular discourse on black evangelical celebrities, and it uniquely places popular figures such as T.D. Jakes and Donnie McClurkin within a ‘grand historical narrative’ of black masculinity and religiosity in literary and filmic discourses. This text is aesthetically adept and poetically positioned to make an important contribution to Gender and Sexuality Studies, Religious Studies, and Africana Studies—it is a much-welcomed addition that will enhance student learning and will be a reliable source for academicians in any of these fields.” --LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Williams College