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God-Talk; or what’s going on over at feminismxianity this morning

I just read Caryn Riswold’s latest post over at her blog on Patheos, Feminismxianity.  Caryn discusses her use of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple in her Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies.  Caryn is using a novel to get at race, class, and gender, but also considering religion. Here we can consider religion as Church and as personal faith.  Caryn identifies how:

Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel reflects and encapsulates so many of the issues we have been learning about and discussing throughout the semester, from the intersection of race, class, and gender, to the pervasiveness of violence against women, to the complicated role that institutions like religion play in reinforcing inequality as well as becoming sources of empowerment.

I always tell students that I think the single best piece of theology in all of American literature is found in Celie’s letter that starts out, “Dear Nettie, I don’t write to God no more.  I write to you.”  The conversation between Shug and Celie that follows is mere brilliance.

Check out Caryn’s post to find out why she identifies this passage as “mere brilliance.”   As you know, we do enjoy reading and sharing good teaching practices around here and Caryn’s excellent post gives something definitely worth passing along.

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