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Excavating Exodus: Biblical Typology and Racial Solidarity in African American Literature

J. Laurence Cohen


Excavating Exodus analyzes adaptations of Exodus in novels, newspapers, and speeches from the antebellum period to the Civil Rights era. Although Exodus has perennially served to mobilize resistance to oppression, Black writers have radically reinterpreted its meaning over the past two centuries. Changing interpretations of Moses’ story reflect evolving conceptions of racial identity, religious authority, gender norms, political activism, and literary form. Black writers transformed Moses from a paragon of race loyalty into an avatar of authoritarianism. Excavating Exodus identifies a rhetoric ... More

Keywords: African American Religion, African American Literature, Abolition, Biblical adaptation, Black Print Culture, Black Nationalism, Racial identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781949979916
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781949979916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Laurence Cohen, author