"We Spend Our Years as a Tale That Is Told": Oral Historical Narrative in a South African Chiefdom

by Heinemann, Asabel Hofmeyr

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ISBN-13: 9780435089511
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 09/08/1994
Series: Social History of Africa Series
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1: Telling Tales 1 . Household, Gender, and Oral Storytelling Part 2: The Three Rs: Reading, Writing, and Repression
Orality and Literacy on a Berlin Mission Station
Oral Chiefdoms versus Literate Bureaucracies
Forced Removals, Household Shape and the Performance of Oral History Part 3: Telling Historical
Tales
The Craft of the Historical Narrative
The Meaning of Oral Historical Narrative Part 4: The Three Ms: Memory, Manuscript, and Monuments
Testimony into Text: The Making of the Makapansgat Legend
Oral History as a Changing Phenomenon. Conclusion. Appendices: Text extracts. Notes. Bibliography.

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