Josef Sorett Interviewed about “Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics”
Josef Sorett, Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Columbia University and former CSSD executive committee member, was featured in an interview on the African American Intellectual History Society blog.
Sorett’s recently published book Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics offers an account of the ways in which religion, especially Afro-Protestantism, remained pivotal to the ideas and aspirations of African American literature across much of the twentieth century.
The interview claims that Sorett’s book “reveals religion to be an essential ingredient, albeit one that was always questioned and contested, in the forging of an African American literary tradition.”
Read the interview here.