"Provocative . . . articulates the significance of embodied, erotic spirituality to black lady subjectivity and empowerment."--Tulsa reviews in Women's Literature
"Sets out to reclaim the suitable of black ladies to their sexual and erotic expression untainted through the stereotypes and disparagements that experience traditionally restricted them."--African American Review
"Captures the most demanding matters of students who interact black women's literature, tradition, and concept: the continuing quest to find a kind of black lady sexual organization that neither withers within the cold lake of sexual repression nor explodes within the warmth of hypersexual stereotypes."--MELUS: magazine of the Society for the learn of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
"Successfully undertakes an research of ways black girls writers have used overlapping narrative depictions of sexuality and spirituality to recast the denigrated black woman physique and rewrite an empowered and entirely actualized black girl subject."--Candice M. Jenkins, writer of personal Lives, right family: Regulating Black Intimacy
"Weir-Soley speaks with an expert that comes from genuine wisdom of, funding in, and a focus to the main points of the African cosmologies and textual complexities she unearths."--Carine Mardorossian, SUNY-Buffalo
"The most unusual and critical contributions are the customarily fabulous readings of Morrison, Adisa, and Danticat. The paintings is riveting, either methodologically and critically."--Leslie Sanders, York University
Western ecu mythology and heritage are inclined to view spirituality and sexuality as contrary extremes. yet intercourse could be greater than a functionality of the physique and faith greater than a functionality of the brain, as exemplified within the works and characters of such writers as Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Opal Palmer Adisa, and Edwidge Danticat.
Donna Weir-Soley builds at the paintings of prior students who've pointed out the ways in which black women's narratives usually include a kind of spirituality rooted in African cosmology, which constantly grounds their characters' self-empowerment and quest for autonomy. What she provides to the dialogue is an emphasis at the significance of sexuality within the improvement of black girl subjectivity, starting with Hurston's Their Eyes have been looking at God and carrying on with into modern black women's writings.
Writing in a transparent, lucid, and easy variety, Weir-Soley helps her thesis with shut readings of assorted texts, together with Hurston's Their Eyes have been gazing God and Morrison's liked. She unearths how those writers spotlight the interaction among the religious and the sexual via spiritual symbols present in Voudoun, Santeria, Condomble, Kumina, and Hoodoo. Her arguments are quite persuasive in presenting an alternate version for black woman subjectivity.