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Introduction

Wendy Laura Belcher

in Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199793211
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793211.003.0010
Introduction

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The introduction delineates models of transcultural contact and notes their limits. It then lays out the model of discursive possession and textual energumens, addresses possible challenges to the model, and provides two instructive examples of spirit possession from West and East Africa. Finally, it addresses the vexed terms “Africa,” “Europe,” “Ethiopia,” and the “Habesha” (the name of the people of the highlands of modern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea who are the focus of this book) and describes how the terms are used.

Keywords: Ethiopian discourse; discursive possession; textual energumen; transcultural intertextuality; Habesha people

Chapter.  11175 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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