VOICING AND TEXTING SCRIPTURE
Spoken Voice/Written Word
This is my first publication and the inspiration behind my website. Here is what an anonymous peer reviewer said about my book when it was submitted for publication.
The author has advanced the field of African biblical scholarship with this book, and has made a significant contribution to both African biblical scholarship and biblical scholarship more generally. Indeed, the calibre of research enables the book to speak to both audiences, those who are struggling in a day to day way as socially engaged biblical scholars on the African continent, and those within the field more widely who would not consider themselves practitioners, but who are interested in African biblical scholarship and how it relates to their work (Anonymous Peer Reviewer of Spoken Voice/Written Word).
As the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So, I am offering you for free, a portion of this work, chapter one, for you to have a flavour of the work. You will notice at least two things about this book: Its context is primarily African Christianity but I hope that will not put off non-African readers. Its approach is postcolonial, showing that any text can be read from a dominant-hegemonic, subaltern or negotiated approach.
My proposal is a negotiated approach in a hybrid space. As Salman Rushdie’s says in, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981–1991 (Rushdie 1991) in his comments on his novel The Satanic Verses: “The Satanic Verses celebrates hybridity, impurity, intermingling, the transformation that comes of new and unexpected combinations of human beings, cultures, ideas, politics, movies, songs. It rejoices in mongrelisation and fears the absolutism of the Pure. Mélange, hotchpotch, a bit of this and a bit of that is how newness enters the world” (Rushdie 1991: 393) [Author’s italics].
Click here to access chapter one and if you are interested in reading further to discover how I apply postcolonial theory to biblical hermeneutics in an African context, please click here to order the entire book.
Allow me a small caveat emptor [Let the buyer beware] moment. As this is my first publication and I wanted to get to print very quickly I chose a publisher who specialises in academic theses and print-to-order technology. While the publication process was free the retail price depends on the volume purchased. I have managed to push the cost down from £62.85 to £37.00 per copy through my own purchases. I am offering a concessionary and introductory rate of £30.00 per copy. Alternatively, you might want to download a PDF copy of the book with exactly the same pagination as the printed copy for a small contribution of £10.00 by clicking here. With time and volumes of purchase increasing we can manage to get the cost down to more economically-friendly rate. If you do decide to buy the book or any future publications from this site, rest assured that your contribution will go a long way in supporting biblical literacy.
Dr Tarcisius Mukuka
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Twickenham TW2 7LN