Here's a new book from my dear friend Rosetta Haynes, who teaches at Indiana State University. Dr. Haynes is a long-time, active member of the African American Literature and Culture Society and I've been learning from her conference presentations for many years now.
In the early days of my work as a teacher, I used to tell undergraduate students that there was a wealth of literature to be studied and written about in the post-Emancipation writings of African American women, many of whose narratives were evangelical in nature, often published by church-related publishing houses. We've begun to see some of that work getting done more recently. This new book by Haynes sheds additional light on now familiar names of earlier writers such as Jarena Lee, but Haynes also writes about Amanda Berry Smith, Rebecca Cox Jackson and others. If you have any interest at all in spiritual narratives in particular, or in the larger evolution of African American prose, or if you just like to read informative books, then this is for you. Here's a link to the book's Amazon page.