[Liberating Motifs in Afro-American Religion and Literature by James Evans] (audio)

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Evans presentation discussion

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This audio features a presentation by James Evans. In the presentation, he discusses Afro-American religion and literature. He explains how both are cultural acts in the struggle for liberation. Evans further also discusses the Afro-American autobiography. There are two responses to his presentation. The first is from professor Houston Baker of the University of Pennsylvania. The second response is from Professor Jerome Long of Wesleyan University of Middletown, Connecticut.

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00:00:03 Audio begins with James Evans introducing his paper, “Liberating Motifs In Afro-American Religion and Literature,” and secular and sacred acts.

00:03:43 He details the central argument of the paper as Afro-American religion and literature being both cultural acts which embody the struggle for liberation and integrity among Black folk.

00:09:26 Discusses the pure Afro-American autobiography.

00:13:20 Discusses the second moment in the Afro-American cultural act taking form in creation.

00:24:46 Discusses autobiographical fiction.

00:36:44 Talks about how the faith of Afro-Americans involves the risk of believing and acting on the belief.

00:37:12 Ends presentation.

00:38:16 Professor Houston Baker of the University of Pennsylvania presents a response.

01:08:13 Professor Jerome Long of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut presents second response.

01:15:36 James Evans responds.

01:24:28 Audio ends.


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