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Title:Women on the frontier: self-representations of the conqueror: which frontier? conqueror of what?
Author:De Reuck, JennyISNI
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Abstract:The frontier this article deals with is the little known but violent frontier of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. This frontier was first established by Dutch colonists during the latter half of the 18th century, and was subsequently defended by military intervention on the side of the settlers under British colonial rule during the 19th century. The nominal conqueror of the title is Mrs Harriet Ward, who spent the years 1842-1847 in Grahamstown recording her own experiences and those of the settlers in journalistic contributions to various magazines and in novels. By 1806, the Great Fish River became the shimmering signifier of competing territorial claims in a continuing pattern of dominance and subversion as colonizer met with Xhosa indigene. It is with the representation of the indigene and, by extension, with the self-representations of the conqueror that this paper is concerned. Harriet Ward, then, becomes a signifying locus around which the present author initiates an investigation of the literary embodiment of implementation strategies for the attainment not only of the material high ground but the more elusive and crucial moral high ground from which the conquerors were determined not to be dislodged. Bibliogr., notes, ref.