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The Ethiopian Prophecy in Black American Letters$
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Roy Kay

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037325

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037325.001.0001

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Conclusion: Reading and Refiguring the Figures of Ethiopia

Conclusion: Reading and Refiguring the Figures of Ethiopia

(p.215) Conclusion: Reading and Refiguring the Figures of Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Prophecy in Black American Letters

Roy Kay

University Press of Florida

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

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