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History, Theology and Ethics: ETHC 124


ETHC124 – Womanist Literature as Resource for Theological Ethics
In addition to spiritual autobiography and religious writings, theologians and ethicists resource literature as a locus for unearthing the sacred canopy of lived experience. Beginning with the trailblazing work of Katie Cannon, womanist theological ethics continues to affirm “the Black women’s literary tradition is the best available repository for understanding the ethical values Black women have created and cultivated in this society.” The central aim of the course is to engage womanist literature, works written by Black women, as a source for doing theology and ethics. This course takes up writings that engage the everyday experiences of women of the African Diaspora navigating oppressive socio-political contexts (particularly) and the human condition (universally). Students will read primary historical and contemporary autobiographical, fictional and poetic texts while interrogating theoretical and pragmatic pathways for theology and ethics.

--Course Catalog

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The research process typically includes five broad steps. Normally, you would complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously.

Step 1. Develop a topic
Select a Topic Formulate Research Questions | Identify Keywords | Find Background Information | Refine a Topic

Step 2. Locate information
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Step 3. Evaluate and analyse information and sources
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Parable of the
Octavia Butler

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Womanist Theological
Ethics: A Reader
Katie Geneva Cannon,
Emilie Townes, and
Angela Sims

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Black Womanist Ethics
by Katie Geneva Cannon

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Deeper Shades of Purple:
Womanism in Religion and

Stacey Floyd-Thomas (editor)

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Mighty Be Our Powers:
How Sisterhood, Prayer
and Sex Changed a
Nation at War

by Lleymah Gbowee

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Their Eyes Were
Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

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by Nella Larsen

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Zami, a New Spelling
of My Name

By Audre Lorde

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Sula by Toni Morrison

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The Other Side of Paradise
by Staceyann Chin

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Bailey's Cafe by
Gloria Naylor

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The Womanist Reader:
the First Quarter Century
of Womanist Thought

Layli Phillips (editor)

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Push by Sapphire

(also titled Precious)

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For Colored Girls Who Have
Considered Suicide, When
the Rainbow Is Enuf::A

by Ntozake Shange

The Color Purple

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Quicksand by Nella Larsen
Zami, a New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lord
Sula by Toni Morrison
Bailey's Cafe by Gloria Naylor

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