WIMBUSH, V. L.,
White Men's Magic. Scripturalization as Slavery.
Oxford University Press, 2014. 312p. Paperback. White Men's Magic profoundly transforms studies of the encounters between the North Atlantic and Black African worlds. In challenging the canonical reading of scriptures, Wimbush invents a new word. 'Scripturalization' is his inspired term to explicate the normalization of constructed meanings, veiling the social and political forces that control their interpretation. Wimbush's innovative method ties the life of the Bible irrevocably to the wider history of slavery and transatlantic movements. The black slave Equiano's autobiography will never be read in the same way again. Gauri Viswanathan, author of Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief (Publisher's information).