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    Jennifer Wenzel(Author)
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, anti colonial 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.

"Taking the Xhosa cattle killing as her focus, Jennifer Wenzel offers something beautifully paradoxical: a new, anti-canonical canon of South African writing. Concerned with historical and literary 'failures, ' this work is a profound reflection on the fragmentary and spectral (but not therefore any less compelling) nature of echoes, influences, and prophecies. A work of sophistication and intellectual ambition, "Bulletproof" is a timely and innovative intervention in postcolonial studies."--Rita Barnard, University of Pennsylvania"The Xhosa cattle killing that took place in South Africa in the nineteenth century has been the subject of many historical and literary studies, but Jennifer Wenzel's book is the first to fully represent the significance this singular event has had on the making a culture of letters in Southern Africa. More than an accounting of a millennial event and its cultural aftermath, this book is an incisive, innovative, and tantalizing account of the process by which historical failure engenders a new literature. It is an original and compelling account."--Simon Gikandi, Princeton University"This book counts among the very best works of literary history I have read to date. It is strikingly well argued, beautifully written, and highly original in its conception and design. It works its intellectual magic from within the fields of African studies and critical theory, and masterfully rewrites both of these by its insistence that we pay renewed attention to the question of temporality in the making of our arguments. The notion of an afterlife is developed in its secular sense, as unrealized visions of anticolonial projects are considered as unfailures. Wenzel finds a method of reading and by implication a politics which is constituted by a refusal to forget what has never been. The book is a brilliant exegesis on the heterotemporality of past and present. It enables us to rethink in a highly sophisticated way our uses of the term 'resistance, ' a notion which has underpinned so much of the work generated by postcolonial studies. This is a book which will travel across numerous intellectual fields and bring to life scores of as yet unthought questions."--Sarah Nuttall, University of the WitwatersrandTaking the Xhosa cattle killing as her focus, Jennifer Wenzel offers something beautifully paradoxical: a new, anti-canonical canon of South African writing. Concerned with historical and literary failures, this work is a profound reflection on the fragmentary and spectral (but not therefore any less compelling) nature of echoes, influences, and prophecies. A work of sophistication and intellectual ambition, "Bulletproof" is a timely and innovative intervention in postcolonial studies. --Rita Barnard, University of Pennsylvania"The Xhosa cattle killing that took place in South Africa in the nineteenth century has been the subject of many historical and literary studies, but Jennifer Wenzel s book is the first to fully represent the significance this singular event has had on the making a culture of letters in Southern Africa. More than an accounting of a millennial event and its cultural aftermath, this book is an incisive, innovative, and tantalizing account of the process by which historical failure engenders a new literature. It is an original and compelling account. --Simon Gikandi, Princeton University"This book counts among the very best works of literary history I have read to date. It is strikingly well argued, beautifully written, and highly original in its conception and design. It works its intellectual magic from within the fields of African studies and critical theory, and masterfully rewrites both of these by its insistence that we pay renewed attention to the question of temporality in the making of our arguments. The notion of an afterlife is developed in its secular sense, as unrealized visions of anticolonial projects are considered as unfailures. Wenzel finds a method of reading and by implication a politics which is constituted by a refusal to forget what has never been. The book is a brilliant exegesis on the heterotemporality of past and present. It enables us to rethink in a highly sophisticated way our uses of the term resistance, a notion which has underpinned so much of the work generated by postcolonial studies. This is a book which will travel across numerous intellectual fields and bring to life scores of as yet unthought questions. --Sarah Nuttall, University of the Witwatersrand"

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  • PDF | 326 pages
  • Jennifer Wenzel(Author)
  • University of Chicago Press (1 Sept. 2009)
  • English
  • 10
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy
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