Abstract and Keywords
This chapter is a brief discussion on the fraught categories “the postcolonial” (world), “the Bible,” and “race.” It considers how they are complexly interrelated and how each sets conditions for the others. The chapter also examines how these categories invent, define, and delimit one another and thereby shape thinking, discourse, and politics. The categories highlighted in this essay are not inert, flat backdrops or contexts against which one then engages texts; they are themselves complex phenomena and dynamic “texts” to be interpreted. The challenge ahead has to do with how the imbrication of the intertextual dynamics will be perceived. Thus, this article is an attempt to demonstrate a defensible way forward that entails exploding rather sinking into traditional notions about the textual. Put more simply, it entails focus on lives, social relations, and power dynamics.
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