Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics by Josef SorettSpirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics by Josef Sorett

Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

byJosef Sorett

Hardcover | August 25, 2016

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Most of the major black literary and cultural movements of the twentieth century have been understood and interpreted as secular and, at times, profane. When religion has figured into scholarly accounts of these moments, it has almost always appeared as tangential or inconsequential. In Spiritin the Dark, Josef Sorett upends this narrative by exploring the ways in which religion continued to animate and organize African American literary visions throughout the years between the New Negro Renaissance of the 1920s and the Black Arts movement of the 1960s. Sorett unveils the contours of a literary history that remained preoccupied with religion even as it was typically understood, by authors, readers and critics alike, to be secular. In doing so, he reveals how religion, especially Christianity, remained pivotal to the very ideas and aspirations ofAfrican American literature across much of the twentieth century. More specifically, Sorett shows that religion and spirituality are key categories for identifying what is (or is not) perceived to constitute or contribute to a black culture. By examining figures and movements that have typicallybeen cast as "secular," he offers theoretical insights that blur the boundaries of the "sacred" in scholarship on African American religion and culture. Ultimately, Spirit in the Dark reveals religion to be an essential ingredient, albeit one that was always questioned and contested, to the forgingof an African American literary tradition.
Josef Sorett is Assistant Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Columbia University, where he is also Director of the Center for African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice.
Title:Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial AestheticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 25, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199844933

ISBN - 13:9780199844937

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