Powers Divine: Spiritual Autobiography and Black Women's Writing

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Powers Divine provides unique insight into the personal and professional lives of authors, offering an engaging look at the compelling divine characters they create and the innovative spiritual books they write.

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Tomeiko Ashford Carter is Interim Director of the Institute of African American Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Powers Divine provides a much-needed contribution to black literary studies by exploring the trajectory of the 'divine black heroine.' Delving into little-known nineteenth-century spiritual autobiographies―and the oral traditions that sustained them―Carter identifies textual foundations of contemporary black feminist fiction. In acknowledging the peculiar resonance of black women's divine writings for their twentieth-century daughters and sons, Carter puts forth her own "call and response": a call to readers to acknowledge and respond themselves to traditions that continue to speak powerfully today in black women's fiction. (Susan Candace Ward, author of Desire and Disorder: Fever, Fictions, and Feeling in English Georgian Culture (2007))

Exploring the literary works of African American women from slavery to the present, Carter weaves together a thoughtful and compelling analysis of the power of the Divine in black women's narrative. Carter's command of literature and appreciation of the subject make Powers Divine a phenomenal read! (Marla Frederick, author of Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith (2003))

Combining meticulous attention to historical detail with theoretical verve, Powers Divine presents arguments that are supple, innovative, and utterly compelling. Carter introduces us to new voices of black women writers while also enabling us to hear familiar voices in new ways. With her far-ranging and generically diverse focus, she persuasively makes the case for reinterpreting the African American literary canon, particularly the relationship of spiritual autobiography to contemporary spiritual fiction. Powers Divine breaks down traditional understandings of literary and historical periodization quite productively. (Nancy Bradley Warren, author of Women of God and Arms: Female Spirituality and Political Conflict, 1380-1600 (2005))

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