MisReading America : Scriptures and Difference, Paperback / softback Book

MisReading America : Scriptures and Difference Paperback / softback

Edited by Vincent L. Wimbush


MisReading America presents original research on and conversation about reading formations in American communities of color, using the phenomenon of the reading of scriptures-''scripturalizing''-as an analytical wedge.

Scriptures here are understood as shorthand for complex social phenomena, practices, and dynamics.

The authors take up scripturalizing as a window onto the self-understandings, politics, practices, and orientations of marginalizedcommunities.

These communities have in common the context that is the United States, with the challenges it holds for all regarding: pressure to conform to conventional-canonical forms of communication, representation, and embodiment (mimicry); opportunities to speak back to and confront and overturn conventionality(interruptions); and the need to experience ongoing meaningful and complex relationships (reorientation) to the centering politics, practices, and myths that define ''America.''


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 4 illus.
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9780199975426

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