H05 - 
African Religions in American Literature
  African religions feature a vibrant spiritual world populated with nature spirits, ancestors, mermaids, and a force (sometimes incorrectly) called magic. West African religions, such as Orisha tradition and Vodun, have also contributed to Caribbean and American spiritual religions and practices such as Santeria, Candomble, Haitian Vodou, and conjure. These religions have become the cultural databanks from which several important American authors have drawn their symbolism, settings, character descriptions, and imagery. This two-day course will explore key aspects of African religions and their relevance in canonized and recently popular texts. Our discussion will include Toni Morrison's Beloved and A Mercy, Zora Neal Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death, and excerpts from Beyonce's video film, "Lemonade".
Harvard University-Rosovsky Hall
11/7/2019, 11/21/2019