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Title:Notes towards a history of Khoi literature
Author:Wittenberg, HermannISNI
Periodical:The English Academy Review (ISSN 1753-5360)
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:oral literature
English language
folk tales (form)
About persons:Wilhelm Heinrich Immanuel Bleek (1827-1875)ISNI
Leonhard Sigmund Schultze Jena (1872-1955)ISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10131752.2011.573999
Abstract:This article puts forward a revisionist history of Khoi literature, and also presents a number of translated Khoi narratives that have not been available in English before. Compared to the large volume of Bushman literature and scholarship, there has been very little Khoi literature and engagement with it, and an argument is presented to account for this gap in South African cultural history. Until now, the major source of Khoi literature was Wilhelm Bleek's 'Reynard the Fox in South Africa' (1864), and this text is critically interrogated as a limiting version of Khoi orature. An alternative corpus of Khoi narratives is presented that was originally published in Leonhard Schultze's 'Aus Namaland und Kalahari' (1907). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]