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White Men's Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery

Vincent L. Wimbush


This book is a transdisciplinary analysis of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, first published in England in 1789. It was one of the earliest and remains to this day one of the best-known English language “slave” narratives. This now famous work was not really meant to be in any simple respects autobiographical; and it does not unproblematically register the several interests and motivations of a slave, spiritual, or travel narrative. Notwithstanding the inclusion of some formal elements of all these genres, it is best read as something e ... More

Keywords: scripturalizing, scripturalization, marronage, mimetics, magic, fetish, Equiano, slave, magic, analytical wedge, scripturalizing mimetics, ideological-psychological marronage, construction of the Africans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199873579
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vincent L. Wimbush, author
Claremont Graduate University