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Weir-Soley, Donna Aza
Eroticism, spirituality, and resistance in Black women's writings
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2017. - XIV, 274 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8130-5478-0

Frauen*solidarität-Signatur:  I G 1373

USA / Weibliche Person of Color / Schriftstellerin / Literaturkritik ; Spiritualität ; Erotik <Motiv> ; Afro-amerikanische Frau ; Frauenbild

In theory the contemporary black female subjectivity in the “New World” contains the spiritual and the sexual as an interplay, not as opposite and oppressed like in the Christian Doctrine. Their point of view rather relates on Western African religious models. With the method of close reading, Donna Aza Weir-Soley draws the attention to four selected works and topics: the literary interventions in “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston; spiritual practices and black female subjectivity in “Beloved” by Toni Morrison; female sexuality, afro-caribbean spirituality, and a postmodern identity in “It Begins with Tears” by Opal Palmer Adisa; and finally power, eros, genocide, and capitalism in “The Farming of Bones” by Edwidge Danticat. Weir-Soley emphasizes the importance of sexuality in the development of black female subjectivity, and states this subjectivity as form of resistance to Western paradigms. Deconstructing the usual assumptions surrounding black female sexuality, Weir-Soley not only enlightens discussions in the field of literature, but also enriches movements concerning both sexism and racism.