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MisReading America: Scriptures and Difference
Wimbush, Vincent L., . Lalruatkima and Melissa Renee Reid, editors

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013 pp. xiv + 311. $39.95


Description: 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 marginalized communities. 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.''

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, African-American Approaches, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion, Islam, Judaism

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Review by Francisco Lozada Jr.
Published 5/22/2015
Citation: Francisco Lozada Jr., review of Vincent L. Wimbush, with Lalruatkima and Melissa Renee Reid, eds., MisReading America: Scriptures and Difference, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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