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Honoring the AncestorsAn African Cultural Interpretation of Black Religion and Literature$
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Donald H. Matthews

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199963997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199963997.001.0001

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Honoring the Ancestors

Donald H. Matthews

Oxford University Press

This book has explored how the creation of the spirituals enabled African Americans to develop their theological and cultural orientation. It has argued that the metaphor of the spiritual can serve as an Afrocentric narrative hermeneutic for black theology and cultural criticism, and thus should have priority for historical and cultural reasons. It has also shown how the recognition of African cultural structures has contributed to the development of black critical theory since the work of seminal black scholars, particularly W. E. B. DuBois, Melville Herskovits, and Zora Neale Hurston. The book's central thesis underscores the reality of African presence in African American cultural life.

Keywords:   spirituals, African Americans, African cultural structures, black theology, black critical theory, W. E. B. DuBois, Melville Herskovits, Zora Neale Hurston, African American cultural life

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