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“ … unbounded influence over the credulity and superstition of the people … “: Magic as Slavery, Slavery as Magic

Vincent L. Wimbush

in White Men's Magic

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873579
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873579.003.0002
“ … unbounded influence over the credulity and superstition of the people … “: Magic as Slavery, Slavery as Magic

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Chapter 1 provides an analytical framing. It establishes Equiano’s general self-reflexive critical perspective, including the perspective that different worlds represent different epistemologies or different ways of knowing. He makes the point by focusing first on his homeland within which in connection with august figures is reflected a particular way of knowing, a kind of “magic,” that has enormous influence over the people. Through focus on Equiano’s comparative culture and religions discussion, making his invented homeland the baseline for initial consideration, this chapter establishes how different episodes and arguments fit together, how the entire narrative is woven together as a riff on “white men’s magic” in the form of “scripturalization” as the framework that enslaves all.

Keywords: Equiano; Igbo people; narratological agenda; storytelling; the Bible; negotiate worlds; unbounded influence; Toni Morrison; Henry Gates; Michael Taussig

Chapter.  10978 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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