The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia

Pickett

Black (Ir)religious Fire: The Literary and Moral Imagination of James Baldwin and James Cone shatters monochromatic understandings of religion in African American literature. Through analyses of Baldwin’s and Cone’s writings, the dissertation argues that there is an (ir)religious vision motivated and sustained by rage – an (ir)religious fire – at work in the literary and moral imagination of Baldwin that redresses Cone’s flattening of said (ir)religious vision in Black literature.

First Name: 
Xavier
Position: 
Pre-Doctoral Fellow (Religion & Society)
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Institution: 
Princeton Theological Seminary
Dissertation Title: 
"Black (Ir)religious Fire: The Literary and Moral Imagination of James Baldwin and James Cone"