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Title:Trickster tropes: female storytelling and the re-imagination of social orders in four nineteenth-century southern African communities
Author:Pieterse, Jimmy
Year:2010
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan (ISSN 0018-229X)
Volume:55
Issue:1
Pages:55-77
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Lesotho
Mozambique
Subjects:trickster tales
historical sources
women
Sotho
Tsonga
Xhosa
Zulu
Abstract:Women in 19th-century southern Africa used storytelling, especially tales in which tricksters were the central characters, in order to make sense of - and often to critique rapidly changing social and political orders. The stories they told constitute an underutilized historical source. This article draws from four anthologies compiled by men engaged in missionary endeavours among the Zulu and the Xhosa in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), the Basotho in Lesotho and the Baronga in Mozambique to explore these points. The article argues that these tales complicate the understanding of ethnic and gendered identity construction during the period and cast new light on contemporary understanding of social reproduction, especially during times of societal upheaval. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]
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