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Title:San tales again: acknowledgement and appropriation
Author:Jenkins, ElwynISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:The English Academy Review (ISSN 1753-5360)
Volume:27
Issue:1
Pages:24-35
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:San
oral literature
literature
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10131751003755906
Abstract:This article considers acknowledgements, silences and debts in successive versions of San lore (South Africa). It looks at the way in which Rafaella Delle Donne (2007) and other children's book writers draw on San oral literature and whether they acknowledge their sources. The author then looks at the verse versions of the Bleek and Lloyd transcriptions that various writers have published, including the 'Return of the moon' by Stephen Watson (1991) and 'The stars say 'tsau'' (Die sterre sÍ 'tsau') by Antjie Krog (2004). Watson has accused Krog of plagiarism and this controversy is used to highlight how successive versions of San lore raise questions about the nature of authorship and whether the reworking of San lore constitutes appropriation of the voice of the colonized. The article ends with an evaluation of the validity of Watson's accusations. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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