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A house built on faith: Religious rhetoric as narrative strategy in black writing

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
White,Artress Bethany (Author)
Format:
Dissertation/Thesis
Publication Date:
2009
URL:
http://search.proquest.com/docview/859606745/fulltextPDF/7ACE30EF53C149EAPQ/1?accountid=14553
Published:
Kentucky: University of Kentucky
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, Race relations, Literature, Fiction, African Americans, Religion, Conde, Maryse, 1937-, Guadeloupe, Violence, rhetoric, Stereotypes, Baldwin, James, 1924-1987, Hopkins, Pauline E., 1859-1930
Notes:
164 p., Traces the journey of blacks from the Middle Passage through urban migration northward in black fiction. Argues that the historical use of religious rhetoric is transcended in black writing of the 20th century in order to recast black victimization during slavery, counter the progress of turn-of-the-century white supremacy, and chronicle the rise of economic racism which created the 20th century black ghetto. The religious doctrines discussed in this study include Puritan missionizing and heretical purges in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem , the social work of the Catholic church in Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South , and the cultural intensity of the Pentecostal/Apostolic church in Go Tell It on the Mountain.