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Title:The Lovedale Press: Literature For the Bantu Revisited
Author:Peires, Jeffrey B.
Year:1979
Periodical:History in Africa
Volume:6
Pages:155-175
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Xhosa
publishing
historiography
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:From the 1820s onward, Lovedale was the focal point of the literate Christian culture which emerged among the Xhosa of South Africa's Eastern Cape. The present article examines the relationship between Xhosa traditional historians and the Lovedale Press during the 1930s, when R.H.W. Shepherd was its Director of Publications. General factors which shaped the policy Lovedale Press are discussed and subsequently illustrated by specific cases of editorial interference, which demonstrate that the effective monopoly of the Lovedale Press in the era of Shepherd stifled the development of a meaningful vernacular historiography. Thus it is not only oral traditions which are affected by their mode of transmission (cf. Vansina), and it is one thing to be literate, but quite another to find a publisher (cf. Goody and Watt). Notes.
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