In Search of Soul

Hip-Hop, Literature, and Religion

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Alejandro Nava
  • Oakland, CA: 
    University of California Press
    , August
     2017.
     296 pages.
     $29.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780520293540.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Emmett G. Price forthcoming.

Description

In Search of Soul explores the meaning of “soul” in sacred and profane incarnations, from its biblical origins to its central place in the rich traditions of black and Latin history. Surveying the work of writers, artists, poets, musicians, philosophers and theologians, Alejandro Nava shows how their understandings of the “soul” revolve around narratives of justice, liberation, and spiritual redemption.  He contends that biblical traditions and hip-hop emerged out of experiences of dispossession and oppression. Whether born in the ghettos of America or of the Roman Empire, hip-hop and Christianity have endured by giving voice to the persecuted. This book offers a view of soul in living color, as a breathing, suffering, dreaming thing.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Alejandro Nava is professor of religious studies at the University of Arizona and author of Wonder and Exile in the New World and The Mystical and Prophetic Thought of Simone Weil and Gustavo Gutierrez.

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