Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work, and Other Such Hoodoo

The monograph engages the ways African American authors have shifted, recycled, and reinvented the conjure woman in twentieth century fiction, constructing a historiography of the conjure woman as a recurring literary archetype. I develop a new vocabulary and framework (conjuring moments) with which to articulate a critical discourse surrounding the black conjuring woman and the use of African-centered cosmologies as a trope in African American literature. I argue that within the last century, African American writers have subverted the negative connotation of women and spirit work through their literary expressions. The conjure woman figure has evolved as a bio-mythography used to resist the subjugation and marginalization of black women and provides critical socio-cultural commentary, a role currently unmatched by other black female models and characterizations.

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  1. What the heck???? First of all due to the exorbitant price, I refused to purchase this book from Amazon. I was able to buy the book at a third of the listed price. And to thumb through the pages and find that the author on the cover Kameekah L. Martin is nowhere to be found inside of the book! The true author is Tara T. Green. And the inside book is entitled: Presenting Oprah Winfrey,Her Films and African American Literature. What is going on here?

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