Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-243) and index.
I. Listening to Women's Stories. 1. Testimony from Nonfiction Literature. 2. Contemporary Testimony from Interviews -- II. Paying Attention to Women's Anguish. 3. Emotional and Spiritual Consequences -- III. Deciphering the Role of Society. 4. Theoretical Resources. 5. A Sampler of Cultural Assaults -- IV. Garnering Methods of Resistance. 6. Identifying Resistance. 7. Maintaining the Momentum, Sustaining an Ethic of Resistance.
In Wounds of the Spirit, Traci West employs first person accounts -- from slave narratives to contemporary interviews to Tina Turner's autobiography -- to document a historical legacy of violence against black women in the United States. West, a black feminist Christian ethicist, situates spiritual matters within a discussion of the psycho-social impact of intimate assault against African American women.