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The Resource James Baldwin's God : sex, hope, and crisis in Black holiness culture, Clarence E. Hardy III

James Baldwin's God : sex, hope, and crisis in Black holiness culture, Clarence E. Hardy III

Label
James Baldwin's God : sex, hope, and crisis in Black holiness culture
Title
James Baldwin's God
Title remainder
sex, hope, and crisis in Black holiness culture
Statement of responsibility
Clarence E. Hardy III
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"James Baldwin's relationship with black Christianity, and especially his rejection of it, exposes the anatomy of a religious heritage that has not been wrestled with sufficiently in black theological and religious studies. In James Baldwin's God: Sex, Hope, and Crisis in Black Holiness Culture, Clarence Hardy demonstrates that Baldwin is important not only for the ways he is connected to black religious culture, but also for the ways he chooses to disconnect himself from it. Despite Baldwin's view that black religious expression harbors a sensibility that is often vengeful and that its actual content is composed of illusory promises and empty theatrics, he remains captive to its energies, rhythms, languages, and themes. Baldwin is forced, on occasion, to acknowledge that the religious fervor he saw as an adolescent was not simply an expression of repressed sexual tension but also a sign of the irrepressible vigor and dignified humanity of black life." "In one of his later extended essays, James Baldwin remembered how his stepfather, David Baldwin, a one-time Baptist minister, died because of his "unreciprocated love for the Great God Almighty," James Baldwin's God engages most directly those aspects of Baldwin's work that address the substance and character of this unrequited love for a Christian God that is depicted as both silent before black suffering and as white - i.e., actively opposed to the flourishing of black life. Despite his consistent portrayal of a black holiness culture full of energy and passion, Baldwin implicitly condemns the fact that the principal backdrop to black people's conversion to Christianity in the United States is shame and not hope. Hardy's reading of Baldwin's texts, with its goal of understanding Baldwin's attitude toward a religion that revolves around an uncaring God in the face of black suffering, provides provocative reading for scholars of religion, literature, and history."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hardy, Clarence E.
Dewey number
  • 818/.5409
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3552.A45
LC item number
Z68 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Holiness churches
  • African Americans
  • Religion in literature
  • Christianity and literature
  • Baldwin, James
Label
James Baldwin's God : sex, hope, and crisis in Black holiness culture, Clarence E. Hardy III
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [135]-141) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
But the city was real : religion as bloodless theater -- Conversion, the self, and ugliness : Black bodies before a white God -- Just as Black : a malevolent God and the permanence of Black suffering -- But the body was real : sex, love, and the character of revelatory experience -- A pulpit beyond the church : activism, fire, and the coming judment on (white) America -- Epilogue : a bastard people : blackness, eile, and the possibilities of redemption -- Afterword : stubborn hope for a new Jerusalem
Control code
51900510
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 147 pages
Isbn
9781572332300
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2003006422
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
James Baldwin's God : sex, hope, and crisis in Black holiness culture, Clarence E. Hardy III
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [135]-141) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
But the city was real : religion as bloodless theater -- Conversion, the self, and ugliness : Black bodies before a white God -- Just as Black : a malevolent God and the permanence of Black suffering -- But the body was real : sex, love, and the character of revelatory experience -- A pulpit beyond the church : activism, fire, and the coming judment on (white) America -- Epilogue : a bastard people : blackness, eile, and the possibilities of redemption -- Afterword : stubborn hope for a new Jerusalem
Control code
51900510
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 147 pages
Isbn
9781572332300
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2003006422
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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