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The Ethiopian Prophecy in Black American Letters

Roy Kay


From Phillis Wheatley to Alice Walker, the figural readings of Psalm 68:31—”Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God”—have been instrumental in the articulation of black American historical subjectivity, imagination, knowledge, agency, and figurations of Ethiopia. This book maps the various allusions to and interpretations and citations of Psalm 68:31—a largely Protestant and Anglophone phenomenon—in black American letters, to show how it was read and to trace the readings it produced. Its method is twofold. First, the book demonstrates how black read ... More

Keywords: Africa, Afro-Asiatic myth, black Americans, Ethiopian prophecy, figural reading, historical subject, imagination, performative practice, poetic figures, Psalm 68:31

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037325
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roy Kay, author
DeLaSalle High Schoo