Organization: Northeast Modern Language Assocation
Event: NEMLA 19 Conference
Spirituality and Empowerment in Free African American Women Writers
This seminar explores antebellum African American women spiritual writers Jarena Lee, Zilpha Elaw and Rebecca Cox Jackson in the context of the fluid, intercultural and transatlantic religious movements of their era. Their writing reflects both the opportunities and the limitations spirituality made available to free African American women during a period of radical religious populism between the 1820s and the Civil War.