Type of Document Dissertation Author Allen, Donna E. URN etd-12152005-023230 Title Toward a womanist homiletic: Katie Cannon, Alice Walker and emancipatory proclamation Degree PhD Department Religion Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Johns S. McClure Committee Chair Victor Anderson Committee Co-Chair David Buttrick Committee Member Dennis Dickerson Committee Member Lewis Baldwin Committee Member Keywords
- Katie Cannon
Date of Defense 2005-11-29 Availability unrestricted AbstractRELIGION
TOWARD A WOMANIST HOMILETIC: KATIE CANNON, ALICE WALKER AND EMANCIPATORY PROCLAMATION
Donna E. Allen
Dissertation under the direction of Professor John S. McClure
This project builds on the work of Katie Cannon and Alice Walker to offer a womanist paradigm for analyzing the sermons of Black women. This paradigm is a minimal construct to consider when examining the complexity of African-American women’s sacred rhetoric in preaching.
Cannon’s work provides a critical analysis of sermonic content focusing on linguistics. This project presents a paradigm for analyzing sermons by African-American womanist preachers to unmask the themes of womanist thought in the performance and content of their preaching as we move toward a womanist homiletic. Ultimately, this discourse will contribute to our understanding of the Black preaching tradition through an examination of sermons by a womanist preacher. The sermons for analysis are by Rev. Dr. Prathia Hall, an accomplished leader in the Black church and a nationally acclaimed preacher.
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