Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree Granting Department
Diane Price-Herndl, Ph.D.
Gurleen Grewal, Ph.D.
Nicole Guenther-Discenza, Ph.D.
Clarissa West-White, Ph.D.
African American, Black women, Spirituality, Toni Morrison, Women
‘She Shall Not Be Moved’: Black Women’s Spiritual Practice in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Paradise, and Home argues that from The Bluest Eye, Morrison’s debut novel, to her 2012 novel, Home, Morrison brings her female characters to voice, autonomy, and personal divinity through unconventional spiritual work. The project addresses the history of Black women’s activist and spiritual work, Toni Morrison’s engagement with unconventional spiritual practice, and closes with a personal interrogation of the author’s connection to Black women’s spiritual practice.
Scholar Commons Citation
Mathis, Rondrea Danielle, "'She Shall Not Be Moved': Black Women's Spiritual Practice in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Paradise, and Home" (2015). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.