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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
  • homiletic
  • womanist
Date of Defense 2005-11-29
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
RELIGION

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 womenís sacred rhetoric in preaching.

Cannonís 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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