By Keith Cartwright
Drawing from Haitian Vodou and New Orleanian Voudou and from Cuban and South Floridian Santería, in addition to from Afro-Baptist (Caribbean, Geechee, and Bahamian) types of encounters with otherness, this publication reemplaces deep-southern texts in the counterclockwise ring-stepping of a protracted Afro-Atlantic modernity. Turning to an orphan girl’s West African initiation story to keep on with a remarkably traveled physique of female rites and writing (in works by way of Paule Marshall, Zora Neale Hurston, Lydia Cabrera, William Faulkner, James Weldon Johnson, and LeAnne Howe, between others), Cartwright argues that basically in holistic shape, emergent from gulfs of cross-cultural witness, can literary and humanistic authority locate legitimacy. with no such grounding, he contends, our instructional associations blind or even poison scholars, bringing them to “swallow lye,” just like the grandson of Phoenix Jackson in Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path.” the following, literary research may possibly open pathways to replacement medicines—fetched by means of tenacious avatars like Phoenix (or an orphan Kumba or a shell-shaking Turtle)—to therapy the lies our partial histories have made us swallow.
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