Conclusion: Reading and Refiguring the Figures of Ethiopia

Roy Kay

in The Ethiopian Prophecy in Black American Letters

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037325
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041582 | DOI:
Conclusion: Reading and Refiguring the Figures of Ethiopia

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This chapter reiterates the central argument of this book: the performance of reading produces historical subjects who are situated in relation to what is around them and who can produce more possibilities or lived experience (Erleben) for human beings to live and act. In the context of this book, Psalm 68:31 provides the material grámmata that resists black readers and, in so doing, produces them as historical and heterogeneous subjects in time and space, who can poetically create spaces to live in the world and with their neighbors. As readers anchored in time and space, black subjects are articulations between phrases. That is, the black subject links phrases together, and due to the heterogeneous nature of this subjectivity does not coincide with itself. Finally, using “mulatto” as an index of race in America, the black historical subject is a phrase-linking mulatto. In other words, the black subject is an index of America and its poetic imagination and history.

Keywords: articulation; black subject; Erleben; grámmata; historical subjectivity; heterogeneous; index; imagination; mulatto; reading

Chapter.  3198 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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