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ScripturalecticsThe Management of Meaning$
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Vincent L. Wimbush

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190664701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190664701.001.0001

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“We Have Fallen Apart”

“We Have Fallen Apart”

The Rupture of Meaning

(p.105) Chapter 3 “We Have Fallen Apart”

Vincent L. Wimbush

Oxford University Press

This chapter is exploration of the conditions and reasons for the near destruction of the villagers who are ensnared by the colonial project and its forms of violence. Beyond expropriation of their land, the villagers face erasure of their local customs and traditions, their rituals, their language, their rhythms, and so forth, as the colonial power commandeers discourse itself. We are presented a frightening picture of the destructive work that scriptures—texts, yes, but more broadly, textual and discursive politics—can be made to do. The new religion and its government—the British colonials—effectively tear Umuofians from their own world. Such rupture is evident to most Umuofians. Beyond honest recognition of things having fallen apart, the challenge is to figure out what to make of the rupture.

Keywords:   rupture, meaning, fear, silence, violence, threat, discourse, scripturalizing, marronage, mimetics, resistance

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