Religious Studies and Theology, Vol 39, No 2 (2020)

“Flesh that needs to be loved”: Recovering A Theology of Beauty and Black Life

Chanelle Robinson
Issued Date: 25 Aug 2020


#SayHerName developed in reaction to the increase of police brutality cases that name black women as victims, signifying a pervasive issue throughout North America. By interrogating the legacy of the black female body in North America, this article proposes the possibility of a theology of beauty that considers black women as a primary subject. Theological aesthetics is not only a philosophical concern but represents a starting place for problematizing how black humanity is often excluded from theologies of beauty. Drawing on African American literary traditions and the reflections from black Catholic theologians, this article argues for a theological response to systemic violence against black women’s bodies that articulates black life through theologies of beauty.

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