Catholic Ideology and American Slave Narratives

Paul Giles

in Transnationalism in Practice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640492
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652129 | DOI:
Catholic Ideology and American Slave Narratives

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This chapter examines the relation between American slave narratives and Catholic ideology, focusing on the works of John LaFarge and W. E. B. Du Bois. It explains that although the cultural significance of religion within America is a massively complex and important subject, its significance has generally been undervalued in recent years, partly because the old pressures of identity politics have helped produce exclusivist narratives of religious discourse from a position of cultural insiderism. The chapter suggests that the academic study of American Catholicism needs to acknowledge how religious discourses intersect, sometimes in radically transformed or disguised ways, with every other aspect of American thought and culture.

Keywords: American slave narratives; Catholic ideology; John LaFarge; W. E. B. Du Bois; cultural significance; religion; identity politics; cultural insiderism; American Catholicism

Chapter.  5056 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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