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The Resource Faithful vision : treatments of the sacred, spiritual, and supernatural in twentieth-century African American fiction, James W. Coleman

Faithful vision : treatments of the sacred, spiritual, and supernatural in twentieth-century African American fiction, James W. Coleman

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Faithful vision : treatments of the sacred, spiritual, and supernatural in twentieth-century African American fiction
Title
Faithful vision
Title remainder
treatments of the sacred, spiritual, and supernatural in twentieth-century African American fiction
Statement of responsibility
James W. Coleman
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Language
eng
Summary
"In Faithful Vision, James W. Coleman places under his critical lens a wide array of African American novels written during the last half of the twentieth century. In doing so, he demonstrates that religious vision not only informs black literature but also serves as a foundation for black culture generally." "The Judeo-Christian tradition, according to Coleman, is the primary component of the African American spiritual perspective, though its syncretism with voodoo/hoodoo - a religion transported from West Africa through the West Indies and New Orleans to the rest of black America - also figures largely. Reviewing novels written mainly since 1950 by writers including James Baldwin, Randall Kenan, Toni Morrison, John Edgar Wideman, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Erna Brodber, and Ishmael Reed, among others, Coleman explores how black authors have addressed the relevance of faith, especially as it relates to an oppressive Christian tradition. He shows that their novels - no matter how critical of the sacred or supernatural, or how skeptical the characters' viewpoints - ultimately never reject the vision of faith." "Black novelists, Coleman concludes, stay connected in many ways to the culture that they write about. Faith, a source of strength historically for the black community, remains a powerful influence on black literature, as seen in the content, structure, ideology, and themes of twentieth-century African American novels. With its focus on religious experience and tradition and its wider discussion of history, philosophy, gender, and postmodernism, Faithful Vision brings a bold critical dimension to African American literary studies."--Jacket
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DLC
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1946-
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Coleman, James W.
Dewey number
813/.509382
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.N4
LC item number
C643 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Southern literary studies
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  • American fiction
  • Religion and literature
  • American fiction
  • Religious fiction, American
  • African Americans in literature
  • Spiritual life in literature
  • Supernatural in literature
  • Spiritualism in literature
  • Holy, The, in literature
  • Faith in literature
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Faithful vision : treatments of the sacred, spiritual, and supernatural in twentieth-century African American fiction, James W. Coleman
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-243) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
African American faithful belief : imposing social determinism, naturalism, and modernism -- The centrality of religious faith : communal acceptance, textual ambiguity, and paradox -- Critiquing Christian belief : the text as prophecy of different ways of seeing salvation -- Rejecting God and redefining faith : portrayals of Black women's spirituality -- Reshaping and radicalizing faith : the diasporic vision and practice of hoodoo -- Conclusion : fiction, life, and faithful vision : final thoughts on its overall portrayal and relevance
Control code
ocm58789924
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
252 pages
Isbn
9780807130919
Lccn
2005007354
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)58789924
Label
Faithful vision : treatments of the sacred, spiritual, and supernatural in twentieth-century African American fiction, James W. Coleman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-243) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
African American faithful belief : imposing social determinism, naturalism, and modernism -- The centrality of religious faith : communal acceptance, textual ambiguity, and paradox -- Critiquing Christian belief : the text as prophecy of different ways of seeing salvation -- Rejecting God and redefining faith : portrayals of Black women's spirituality -- Reshaping and radicalizing faith : the diasporic vision and practice of hoodoo -- Conclusion : fiction, life, and faithful vision : final thoughts on its overall portrayal and relevance
Control code
ocm58789924
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
252 pages
Isbn
9780807130919
Lccn
2005007354
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)58789924

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