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Title:Shaka as Literary Theme
Author:Gray, Stephen
Periodical:South African Journal of African Affairs
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:traditional rulers
literature (form)
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
About person:Shaka king of Zululand (ca. 1787-1828)ISNI
Abstract:Of all character in Southern African literature, it is the Zulu king Shaka (c. 1787-1828) who appears most diversely. He is used as a character in an extraordinary range of works of different genres and styles, and has been right there throughout the twisting course of the development of literature in South Africa. So. concentration on Shaka as a literary motif does serve to crystallize some preliminary speculations on how literature has evolved in Southern Africa. Ref.