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Alejandro Nava

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293533

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293533.001.0001

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In Search of Soul

In Search of Soul

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In Search of Soul
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Alejandro Nava

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293533.003.0002

This chapter follows Virginia Woolf's assessment of soul in Russian fiction, applying it instead to African American and Latin American traditions as its guiding spirits. It operates with an assumption that there is something wildly quixotic about its endurance in the modern world and something surprisingly revelatory in this foolish passion for the soul, something that can school the modern intelligence on the matters of the human spirit. The chapter suggests that we look at these themes and refrains on the soul in two major ways: first, with biblical and theological traditions in mind, and second, in the spirit of the profane, in which “soul” becomes synonymous with exuberant styles, cultures, literatures, and, above all, the powerful currents of music.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, modern world, human spirit, African American traditions, Latin American traditions, profanity, African American soul, Latin American soul

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