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Title:'Modern prophets, produce a new Bible': Christianity, Africanness and the poetry of Nontsizi Mgqwetho
Author:Brown, DuncanISNI
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
women writers
About person:Nontsizi Mgqwetho
Abstract:In this article the author considers how one might approach the apparently singular figure of Nontsizi Mgqwetho, a Xhosa woman who produced an extraordinary series of Christian 'izibongo' in South African newspapers in the 1920s: through what kind of language, from what critical perspective, might one think and write about her? There have been various attempts to write about Mgqwetho, and there are certain obvious possibilities in terms of approach and methodology, which the author explores briefly, but he suggests a mode of reading which provides a richer, more engaged and more engaging understanding - one which reads with and through, rather than onto or against, Mgqwetho's African Christian articulations. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]