Womanist Theology and Narrative is a study of the relationship between womanist theology, black women's literary tradition and narrative theory. This course studies black women's writing as an "ethical laboratory" for womanist narrative identity that involves complexity and multiplicity rather than a linear and monolithic view of coherence and unity of the self. A womanist refiguring of black subjectivity through story challenges Western modernity's privileging of the monological self and suggests new insights for a theological anthropology. The joint venture of womanist theology and narrative theory demonstrates the radical potential of black women's narratives to operate as a mode of resistance against cultural myths and cultural codes and to render theological critique of social power.
- Professor: Andrea C. White