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This study will explore literary texts that display how the Christian church, more specifically the Baptist and Pentecostal denominations, obstruct homosexualsâ€™ identity by implementing a limited, rigid morality that rejects all who do not fit within its code, a dynamic that impedes the individualâ€™s search for authenticity (here taken to mean oneâ€™s full being). After first examining the general beliefs of the church, with a particular emphasis on the black church, I will then juxtapose the semi-autobiographical texts of Randall Kenan and Jeanette Winterson, A Visitation of Spirits and Oranges are Not the Only Fruit.
Jennings, Kyesha L., "Obstructing Authenticity: The Church And Sexuality In Randall Kenanâ€™S A Visitation Of Spirits And Jeanette Wintersonâ€™S Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit" (2011). Theses. 68.