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Imagining the Cape Colony: History, Literature, and the South African Nation [NOOK Book]

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How the Cape Colony was imagined as a political community is examined by considering a variety of writers, from major European literati and intellectuals (Camoes, Southey, Rousseau, Adam Smith), to well-known travel writers like Francois Levaillant and Lady Anne Barnard, to figures on the margins of colonial histories, like settler rebels, slaves and early African nationalists. Complementing the analyses of these primary texts are discussions of the many subsequent literary works and histories of the Cape Colony....
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Imagining the Cape Colony: History, Literature, and the South African Nation

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Overview

How the Cape Colony was imagined as a political community is examined by considering a variety of writers, from major European literati and intellectuals (Camoes, Southey, Rousseau, Adam Smith), to well-known travel writers like Francois Levaillant and Lady Anne Barnard, to figures on the margins of colonial histories, like settler rebels, slaves and early African nationalists. Complementing the analyses of these primary texts are discussions of the many subsequent literary works and histories of the Cape Colony. These diverse writings are discussed first in relation to current debates in postcolonial studies about settler nationalism, anti-colonial resistance, and the imprint of eighteenth-century colonial histories on contemporary neo-colonial politics. Secondly, the project of imagining the post-apartheid South African nation functions as a critical lens for reading the eighteenth-century history of the Cape Colony, with the extensive commentaries on literature and history associated with the Thabo Mbeki presidencies given particular attention.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748650897
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David Johnson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literature at the The Open University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 Remembering the Khoikhoi Victory over Dom Francisco de Almeida at the Cape in 1510: Luís de Camões and Robert Southey 10

2 French Representations of the Cape 'Hottentots': Jean Tavernier, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and François Levaillant 35

3 The Scottish Enlightenment and Colonial Governance: Adam Smith, John Bruce and Lady Anne Barnard 64

4 African Land for the American Empire: John Adams, Benjamin Stout and Robert Semple 91

5 Historical and Literary Reiterations of Dutch Settler Republicanism 116

6 Literature and Cape Slavery 140

7 History and the Griqua Nation: Andries Waterboer and Hendrick Hendricks 158

Conclusion 188

References 194

Index 215

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