Fire in My Bones

Fire in My Bones

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Glenn Hinson focuses on a single gospel program and offers a major contribution to our understanding not just of gospel but of the nature of religious experience. A key feature of African American performance is the layering of performative voices and the constant shifting of performative focus. To capture this layering, Hinson demonstrates how all the parts of the gospel program work together to shape a single whole, joining speech and song, performer and audience, testimony, prayer, preaching, and singing into a seamless and multifaceted service of worship. Personal stories ground the discussion at every turn, while experiential testimony fuels the unfolding arguments. Fire in My Bones is an original exploration of experience and belief in a community of African American Christians, but it is also an exploration of African American aesthetics, the study of belief, and the ethnographic enterprise.aquot;Sometimes people can get touched by a song, where a preacher can preach all day long and do nothing, aquot; she explained. ... In the eyes of many saints, this call is another of the features that transforms a aquot;programaquot; into a aquot;service.aquot; Later in the Branchettesa#39; anniversary, for example, when Evangelist Lofton extends ... Later in the Branchettesa#39; anniversary, for example, the Davis Singers of Lillington, North Carolina, sing a driving rendition of aquot;The Doors of the Church Are Openaquot;: The doorsanbsp;...

Title:Fire in My Bones
Author:Glenn Hinson
Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press - 2010-11-24


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