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Eroticism, Spirituality, and Resistance in Black Women’s Writings

Donna Aza Weir-Soley


Western European mythology and history tend to view spirituality and sexuality as opposite extremes. But sex can be more than a function of the body and religion more than a function of the mind, as exemplified in the works and characters of such writers as Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Opal Palmer Adisa, and Edwidge Danticat. This book builds on the work of previous scholars who have identified the ways that black women's narratives often contain a form of spirituality rooted in African cosmology, which consistently grounds their characters' self-empowerment and quest for autonomy. What ... More

Keywords: spirituality, sexuality, black women, African cosmology, self-empowerment, autonomy, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, eroticism, religious symbols

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033778
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donna Aza Weir-Soley, author
Florida International University