ERIC Number: ED076987
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Publication Date: 1973
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Towards an African Literature: The Emergence of Literary Form in Xhosa.
Jordan, A. C.
This collection of essays, originally published in the 1950's, discusses South African literature from a perspective which emphasizes writers who resisted the society of the colonizers. All of the essays were written by a native black South African scholar. The essays deal with (1) the people and their languages; (2) traditional poetry; (3) the dawn of literature among the Xhosa; (4) riddles and proverbs; (5) the early writers; (6) literary stabilization; (7) reaction to conquest; (8) the tale of Nongqawuse; (9) land, labor, literature; (10) conflicts and loyalties; (11) the harp of the nation; and (12) the mounting anguish. The book ends with a discussion of the South African writers of the early twentieth century. An appendix contains a tribute to the South African writer S. E. K. Mqhayi. (Author/DI)
Descriptors: African Culture, African Languages, African Literature, Colonialism, Literary Styles, Literature Appreciation, Nationalism, Non Western Civilization, Poetry, Politics, Proverbs, Tribes
University of California Press, 2223 Fulton Street, Berkeley, Calif. 94720 ($6.00 cloth)
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