By Jennifer Wenzel
In 1856 and 1857, based on a prophet’s command, the Xhosa humans of southern Africa killed their farm animals and ceased planting plants; the ensuing famine fee tens of hundreds of thousands of lives. very like different millenarian, anticolonial movements—such because the Ghost Dance in North the US and the Birsa Munda rebellion in India—these activities have been intended to rework the realm and unencumber the Xhosa from oppression. regardless of the movement’s momentous failure to accomplish that objective, the development has endured to exert a strong pull at the South African mind's eye ever seeing that. it's those afterlives of the prophecy that Jennifer Wenzel explores in Bulletproof.
Wenzel examines literary and old texts to teach how writers have manipulated photographs and ideas linked to the farm animals killing—harvest, sacrifice, rebirth, devastation—to communicate to their modern predicaments. Widening her lens, Wenzel additionally appears at how previous failure can either encourage and constrain pursuits for justice within the current, and her excellent insights into the cultural implications of prophecy will fascinate readers throughout a large choice of disciplines.
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