Anne Margaret Castro's The Sacred Art of Reading theorizes reading “Afro-diasporic texts.” The book's specific corpus includes works that have been written and circulated in the public sphere through print culture, yet which also pass through assemblages of the sacred in the complex meaning systems that inform the Black Atlantic. Castro's theorization of the act of reading takes place along three intersecting axes: first, texts themselves (sermons, plays, poetry, novels, and ethnographic field notes); second, the layered circumstances of a given text's production, focusing both on the author and on the participation of a community in the composition of the texts; and third, readership, deliberating on how the given text circulates in a more official cultural or academic industry, in the form of print or audible texts available to audiences through archives, booksellers, and libraries. In Castro's research, each text is itself an assemblage of texts, whose cumulative interaction pays...

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