Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Sacraments of Memory – Catholicism and Slavery in Contemporary African American Literature - Florida Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sacraments of Memory: Catholicism and Slavery in Contemporary African American Literature

Erin Michael Salius


This study argues that Catholicism informs a major genre of African American literature in ways and with a significance that has gone largely unrecognized. Since their emergence in the 1960s and 1970s, contemporary narratives of slavery have challenged the traditional historiography of American slavery, radically revising how we remember that “peculiar institution.” These fictional works disrupt the form and content of slave autobiography, suggesting that the conventions of Enlightenment rationalism to which antebellum texts were bound could not adequately represent the experience and memory o ... More

Keywords: African American literature, Slavery, Revision, Historiography, Enlightenment, Catholicism, Protestant Reformation, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813056890
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056890.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Michael Salius, author

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.