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- DescriptionCharacterizing Olaudah Equia'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 t only how the Bible and its reading played a crucial role in the first colonial contacts between 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 and communications. Because it is based on the particularities of Equia's narrative, Wimbush's theoretical work is t only grounded but inductive, and shows that scripturalization is bigger than either the historical or the literary Equia. Scripturalization was t invented by Equia, he says, but it is t quite the same after Equia.
- Author BiographyVincent L. Wimbush is Professor of Religion and Director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures at Claremont Graduate University.
- Author(s)Vincent L. Wimbush
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication17/04/2014
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note6 illus.
- Weight446 g
- Width158 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine19 mm
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