By Teresa N. Washington
"Washington writes supple and considerate prose and creatively integrates African and African-derived terminology, which by no means distract the reader. I examine Our moms, Our Powers, Our Texts not just an excellent learn, but additionally a version to be emulated." —Ousseynou B. Traore, William Patterson University
Àjé is a Yoruba observe that indicates a religious energy of significant strength, in addition to the people who workout that strength. even supposing either women and men may have Àjé, its vendors and controllers are girls, the literal and cosmic moms who're respected because the gods of society. as a result of its organization with lady strength, its invisibility and profundity, Àjé is usually misconstrued as witchcraft. even though, as Teresa N. Washington issues out in Our moms, Our Powers, Our Texts, Àjé is valuable to the Yoruba ethos and cosmology. not just does it underpin the options of construction and creativity, yet as a strength of justice and retribution, Àjé is key to social concord and stability. As Africans have been compelled into exile and enslavement, they took Àjé with them and persisted its paintings of making, destroying, harming, and therapeutic within the New World.
Washington seeks out Àjé’s subversive strength of production and new version in a various diversity of Africana texts, from either women and men, from either oral and modern literature, and throughout house and time. She publications readers to an knowing of the symbolic, methodological, and non secular concerns which are important to special works via Africana writers yet are hardly elucidated via Western feedback. She starts with an exam of the traditional kinds of Àjé in Yoruba tradition, which creates a framework for leading edge readings of vital works through Africana writers, together with Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Ben Okri, Wole Soyinka, Jamaica Kincaid, and Ntozake Shange. This wealthy research will attract readers of Africana literature, African faith and philosophy, feminist experiences, and comparative literature.
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