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dc.contributor.advisorLamberth, David C.
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Gerald Lamar
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-20T10:24:11Z
dc.date.created2017-05
dc.date.issued2017-05-12
dc.date.submitted2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:40046529*
dc.description.abstractThe dissertation offers, at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and class, a constructive theological account of spirit in black Christianity. Although spirit is a pervasive trope in African-American religion, pneumatology is missing as theological method in black religious discourse in this “Age of Spirit.” In fact, spirit-talk has been used to pathologize some for the advancement of others, especially in the respectability politics of black racial uplift and the cis-heteronormativity of black charismatic Christianity. I am interested, therefore, in the discursive production of deviancy and the “demonic,” which is antithetical to spirit-talk. Through consideration of the “rational spirit” of W.E.B. Du Bois, the “sanctified spirit” of Zora Neale Hurston, and the “mystical spirit” of Howard Thurman, I develop a pneumatology that establishes the empowerment of the marginalized as the sine qua non, the essential condition and consequence, of spirit-talk. In the dissertation, I trace the legacies of these public intellectuals on African-American Christianity, particularly on black and womanist theologies: the thesis rethinks the concepts of hope, courage, and vitality, using Du Bois, Hurston, and Thurman, respectively, as interlocutors. In the end, I construct a theology of Spirit in black radical religion that resists, disturbs, and disrupts dispositifs of deviancy. By interpreting Jesus, the Spirit of God, as chief deviant and liberating power, I demonstrate that a progressive, queer pneumatology is possible.
dc.description.sponsorshipReligion, Committee on the Study of
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectTheology
dc.subjectBlack Studies
dc.subjectReligion, General
dc.titleUnholy Ghosts in the Age of Spirit: Identity, Intersectionality, and the Theological Horizons of Black Progress
dc.typeThesis or Dissertation
dash.depositing.authorWilliams, Gerald Lamar
dc.date.available2019-05-20T10:24:11Z
thesis.degree.date2017
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciences
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFrederick, Marla F.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHollywood, Amy
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRivera, Mayra R.
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentReligion, Committee on the Study of
dash.identifier.vireohttp://etds.lib.harvard.edu/gsas/admin/view/1661
dc.description.keywordsSpirit; black; theology; intersectionality; identity; African American; progress
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0003-2697-800X
dash.author.emailjaywilliams@post.harvard.edu


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