Womanist Work: Black Women Preachers and the Making of Sermonic Space in Literature and Music
With Melanie R. Hill, Rutgers Newark
Wallace Best, Princeton
“In order to come through and to make it through, we created a song.” -Nikki Giovanni
In Black Performance Theory, Dr. D. Soyini Madison’s foreword explicates the imperatives and aesthetics of Black expressive culture coupled with the ways in which Blackness is performatively examined in time and space. Womanist Work centers the efficacy of the sermon within African American literature, music, and social-spiritual moments with respect to Black women preachers as cultural figures. In addition to investigating how Black women preachers use their sermons as modes of resistance, Womanist Work foregrounds the Black woman preacher’s emphasis on musicality, expressivity, thematic relevance, and improvisatory phrasing, clarifying the ways that the delivery of the sermon must be understood in terms of both content and context. Womanist Work also acknowledges the prophetic scenarios in African American literature, music, and theology that speak to creating, producing, and discovering sermonic space regarding Black women preachers within the twenty-first century freedom movement.
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The Fall 2023 Mellon Forum on the Urban Environment is kindly sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and the Princeton University Humanities Council, Program in Latin American Studies, Center for Collaborative History, Departments of Art & Archaeology and English, HMEI, PIIRS, SPIA, and the School of Architecture.
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