White Mens Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery

Paperback | March 29, 2014

byVincent L. Wimbush

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Characterizing Olaudah Equiano's eighteenth-century narrative of his life as a type of "scriptural story" that connects the Bible with identity formation, Vincent L. Wimbush's White Men's Magic probes not only how the Bible and its reading played a crucial role in the first colonial contactsbetween black and white persons in the North Atlantic but also the process and meaning of what he terms "scripturalization." By this term, Wimbush means a social-psychological-political discursive structure or "semiosphere" that creates a reality and organizes a society in terms of relations andcommunications. Because it is based on the particularities of Equiano's narrative, Wimbush's theoretical work is not only grounded but inductive, and shows that scripturalization is bigger than either the historical or the literary Equiano. Scripturalization was not invented by Equiano, he says, but it is not quitethe same after Equiano.

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Characterizing Olaudah Equiano's eighteenth-century narrative of his life as a type of "scriptural story" that connects the Bible with identity formation, Vincent L. Wimbush's White Men's Magic probes not only how the Bible and its reading played a crucial role in the first colonial contactsbetween black and white persons in the North ...

Vincent L. Wimbush is Professor of Religion and Director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures at Claremont Graduate University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199344396

ISBN - 13:9780199344390

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Prologue1. "unbounded influence over the credulity and superstition of the people": Magic as Slavery, Slavery as Magic2. "the white men had some spell or magic": A Black Stranger's First Contact with White Men's Magic3. "every person there read the Bible": Scripturalization as Matrix of White Men's Magic4. "to the Britons first the Gospel is preached": Scripturalization in the Nationalization of White Men's Magic5. "in the Bible, I saw things new": Scripturalization and the Mimetics of White Men's Magic6. "take the book and tell God to make them dead": Scripturalization as White Men's Hegemony7. "I could read it for myself": Scripturalization, Slavery, and AgencyEpilogueBibliographyIndex