Embodiment and Black Religion - Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience - CERCL Writing Collective

Embodiment and Black Religion - Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience - CERCL Writing Collective

5. It was Written on her Face: Religion and Black Women's Embodied Emotion in Film

Embodiment and Black Religion - Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience - CERCL Writing Collective

CERCL Writing Collective [+-]
Rice University
The authors of this volume are the members of Rice University's Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning Writing Collective: Anthony B. Pinn, Jessica B. Davenport, Justine M. Bakker, Cleve V. Tinsley IV, Biko Mandela Gray, David A. Kline, Jason O. Jeffries, Sharde' N. Chapman and Mark A. DeYoung

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In Chapter 5, “It Was Written on Her Face: Religion and Black Women’s Embodied Emotion in Film,” we maintain our specific focus on depictions of black women’s bodies, although from a slightly different angle. That is, while our larger emphasis in Chapter 4 is the religious significance of black women’s resistance to demeaning discursive notions of black women’s bodies, our focus in Chapter 5 is more on the material body. In turning attention to Ava DuVernay’s silent short film, The Door, we trace the ways in which the quest for complex subjectivity plays out through the embodied emotions displayed by the black women characters in the film. More specifically, we argue that DuVernay’s cinematic emphasis on their subtle facial expressions and bodily movements produces visual renderings of black women with emotional depth and dimensionality that eludes strict lines of representational categorization.

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Writing Collective, CERCL. 5. It was Written on her Face: Religion and Black Women's Embodied Emotion in Film. Embodiment and Black Religion - Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 71-81 Oct 2017. ISBN 9781781793466. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27407. Date accessed: 09 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27407. Oct 2017

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