Orality, Literacy, and Colonialism in Southern Africa

Orality, Literacy, and Colonialism in Southern Africa

by Jonathan Draper


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Orality, Literacy, and Colonialism in Southern Africa by Jonathan Draper

Written by international academics representing a variety of disciplines, 12 contributions discuss the interrelated topics of orality, literacy, and colonialism in southern Africa. The volume (which lacks an index) is based upon the perception that literacy is a form of control—not only of information but also of people. The editor (along with several of the contributors) is affiliated with the U. of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. The Society of Biblical Literature publishes the book and distributes the paperbound edition; Brill distributes the clothbound edition. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589831179
Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Series: Semeia Studies
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Script, Subjugation, and Subversion: An Introduction1
Part 1Orality, Literacy, and Colonialism in Historical Perspective
Fighting with the Pen: The Appropriation of the Press by Early Xhosa Writers9
From the Bible as Bola to Biblical Interpretation as Marabi: Tlhaping Transactions with the Bible41
The Closed Text and the Heavenly Telephone: The Role of the Bricoleur in Oral Mediation of Sacred Text in the Case of George Khambule and the Gospel of John57
Making the Book, Performing the Words of Izihlabelelo zamaNazaretha91
The Land and the Word: Missions, African Christians, and the Claiming of Land in South Africa111
Part 2Dimensions of Orality and Resistance in Modern South Africa
Frozen Assets? Orality and the Public Space in KZN: Izibongo and Isicathamiya135
"Where Shall I Wonder under the Thunder Who's that Black Boys Making that Black Noise Step a Little Closer to the Mic": Prophets of da City and Urban (South African) Identity145
Translation and the Vernacular Bible in the Debate between My "Traditional" and Academic Worldviews171
Listening Again: Finding Ways to Host the TRC's Oral, Auto/Biographical Space189
Oral History in a Wounded Country205
Becoming Ngaka: Coming to Terms with Oral Narrative Discourses217
Works Consulted249

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