Foreword / Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot -- 1. Surviving the Blight -- 2. Slave Ideology and Biblical Interpretation -- 3. The Emergence of Black Feminist Consciousness -- 4. Moral Wisdom in the Black Women's Literary Tradition -- 5. Womanist Perspectival Discourse and Canon Formation -- 6. Resources for a Constructive Ethic: The Life and Work of Zora Neale Hurston -- 7. Unctuousness as Virtue - According to the Life of Zora Neale Hurston -- 8. "The Wounds of Jesus": Justification of Goodness in the Face of Manifold Evil -- 9. Womanist Interpretation and Preaching in the Black Church -- 10. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: The Womanist Dilemma in the Development of a Black Liberation Ethic -- 11. Appropriation and Reciprocity in the Doing of Womanist Ethics -- 12. Metalogues and Dialogues: Teaching the Womanist Idea -- 13. Racism and Economics: The Perspective of Oliver C. Cox -- Appendix: Exposing My Home Point of View.
This canon is African American women's literary tradition: a tradition which joins the 'real-lived' texture of African American life and the oral-aural cultural values passed on by one generation to the next.