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MisReading America: Scriptures and Difference

Vincent L. Wimbush and Melissa Renee Reid


This collection of ethnographic essays illuminates the “reading” of the United States of America as a scriptural formation by focusing on the scripturalizing practices of peoples of color. Through the uses of “scriptures” (broadly defined) majoritarian readings have long (over)determined the nation—its origins, historical development, diversification, cultural boundaries values, textures, and representations. The result is a scriptural formation that functions as a reading formation with a fixed, texted center, a type of scriptural fundamentalism, which seeks to manage and undermine differenc ... More

Keywords: scripturalizing practices, center, ex-centric, reading formations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199975419
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199975419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vincent L. Wimbush, editor
Claremont Graduate University

Melissa Renee Reid, contributor
Claremont Graduate University