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Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

Josef Sorett


Spirit in the Dark tells the story of the many ways that ideas about religion animated and organized African American literary visions across the years between the Negro Renaissance of the 1920s and the Black Arts movement of the 1960s. In doing so, it unveils the contours of a literary history that remained preoccupied with religion even as it was typically understood by authors, readers, and critics alike, as modern and secular. Spirit in the Dark offers an account of the ways in which religion, and Afro-Protestantism in particular, remained pivotal to the very idea and aspirations of Africa ... More

Keywords: religion, race, literature, aesthetics, Afro-Protestantism, church, spirit, Black Arts, racial aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199844937
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844937.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Josef Sorett, author
Assistant Professor of Religion and African-American Studies and Director of the Center for African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice, Columbia University