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Author Wenzel, Jennifer
Title Bulletproof : Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009
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Note Intro -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- A Note on Terminology -- Introduction -- Chapter One. Writing Resurrection and Reversal: The Cattle Killing and Other Nineteenth-Century Millennial Dreams -- Chapter Two. Spectral and Textual Ancestors: New African Intermediation and the Politics of Intertextuality -- Chapter Three. The Promise of Failure: Memory, Prophecy, and Temporal Disjunctures of the South African Twentieth Century -- Chapter Four. Weapons of Struggle and Weapons of Memory: Thinking Time beyond Apartheid -- Chapter Five. Ancestors without Borders: The Cattle Killing as Global Reimaginary -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index
In 1856 and 1857, in response to a prophet's command, the Xhosa people of southern Africa killed their cattle and ceased planting crops; the resulting famine cost tens of thousands of lives. Much like other millenarian, anticolonial movements-such as the Ghost Dance in North America and the Birsa Munda uprising in India-these actions were meant to transform the world and liberate the Xhosa from oppression. Despite the movement's momentous failure to achieve that goal, the event has continued to exert a powerful pull on the South African imagination ever since. It is these afterlives of the prophecy that Jennifer Wenzel explores in Bulletproof. Wenzel examines literary and historical texts to show how writers have manipulated images and ideas associated with the cattle killing-harvest, sacrifice, rebirth, devastation-to speak to their contemporary predicaments. Widening her lens, Wenzel also looks at how past failure can both inspire and constrain movements for justice in the present, and her brilliant insights into the cultural implications of prophecy will fascinate readers across a wide variety of disciplines
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Wenzel, Jennifer Bulletproof : Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond Chicago : University of Chicago Press,c2009 9780226893471
Subject South Africa -- History -- Xhosa Cattle-Killing, 1856-1857.;South Africa -- Politics and government -- 1836-1909.;South Africa -- Politics and government -- 20th century
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