By Jennifer Wenzel
In 1856 and 1857, according to a prophet’s command, the Xhosa humans of southern Africa killed their farm animals and ceased planting vegetation; the ensuing famine rate 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 remodel the realm and free up the Xhosa from oppression. regardless of the movement’s momentous failure to accomplish that objective, the development has persisted to exert a strong pull at the South African mind's eye ever considering the fact that. it truly is those afterlives of the prophecy that Jennifer Wenzel explores in Bulletproof.
Wenzel examines literary and historic texts to teach how writers have manipulated photographs and concepts linked to the livestock killing—harvest, sacrifice, rebirth, devastation—to communicate to their modern predicaments. Widening her lens, Wenzel additionally appears to be like at how earlier failure can either motivate and constrain hobbies for justice within the current, and her very good insights into the cultural implications of prophecy will fascinate readers throughout a wide selection of disciplines.
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Bulletproof: Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond by Jennifer Wenzel