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Religion, Emotion, SensationAffect Theories and Theologies$
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Karen Bray and Stephen D. Moore

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823285679

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823285679.001.0001

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Reading (with) Rhythm for the Sake of the (I-n-)Islands: A Rastafarian Interpretation of Samson as Ambi(val)ent Affective Assemblage

Reading (with) Rhythm for the Sake of the (I-n-)Islands: A Rastafarian Interpretation of Samson as Ambi(val)ent Affective Assemblage

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(p.126) Reading (with) Rhythm for the Sake of the (I-n-)Islands: A Rastafarian Interpretation of Samson as Ambi(val)ent Affective Assemblage
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Religion, Emotion, Sensation
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A. Paige Rawson

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823285679.003.0007

This essay reframes the Bible as both a Caribbean text and a rhythmic text. It argues, moreover, that the Bible, in its illimitable capacity to affect and be affected, is also what Gregory Seigworth, Melissa Gregg, and Kathleen Stewart would term an affective bloom-space, an exceedingly fertile concept. The essay proceeds to assemble a Rastafari hermeneutic that effectuates a rhythmic reasoning whereby the resonances of Glissantian orality and Deleuzian affect throb together upon the pulsating pages of the biblical Samson story. Orality as musicality meets affect theory in the essay’s reactivation of the Samson story, a reading acutely attentive to rhythm and to the intra-action of narrative and interpretive bodies in/as ambient affective assemblage.

Keywords:   affect theory, assemblage theory, bloom-space, Édouard Glissant, Rastafarianism

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