What sparked the idea for writing this book? Like many researchers, I smelled a story in the gaps and disparities within even the newest work on a great topic: nineteenth-century French sculpture. Some of its most famous examples were funerary monuments that were hailed as artistic masterpieces or as key players in France’s political history without any significant reference to their intended purpose as parts of tombs.
By Suzanne Glover Lindsay These are the guardians and guides who preside over my work at the MacBook from under the desk lamp. Their powers and personalities differ as much as their appearance, which really helps, from my testy Knower-Doer Yoda, to my doe-eyed defender Galahad the Dragon, and the best listeners and judges I know, the Three Sages. This intensely private space vibrates as they encourage thought, ethics, and perspective–especially humor. I thank them each daily.
Eric Reinders Every Labor Day weekend, more than fifty thousand people gather in Atlanta to talk about, and dress up as, their favorite fantasies. Naturally, there is religion in all this. It’s mostly Christianity, although not always.
In our new interview series, we ask cultural theorists about what inspires them and how their latest work challenges our understanding of the sacred in American cultural life. For this segment, we chatted with LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant about her latest book, Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and Lived Memory among Gullah/Geechee Women. 1. What sparked the idea for writing this book? Talking to the Dead was sparked by my desire to reconcile my earliest encounters with the literature on the Gullah/Geechee people. I’m from the South Carolina Lowcountry and when I first began reading about the Gullah/Geechee as an undergraduate, […]