Imagining the Cape Colony: History, Literature, and the South African Nation by David JohnsonImagining the Cape Colony: History, Literature, and the South African Nation by David Johnson

Imagining the Cape Colony: History, Literature, and the South African Nation

byDavid Johnson

Paperback | November 13, 2013

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Relates the literatures and histories of the Cape to postcolonial debates about nationalism.How the Cape Colony was imagined as a political community is examined by considering a variety of writers, from major European literati and intellectuals (Camoes, Southey, Rousseau, Adam Smith), to well-known travel writers like Francois Levaillant and Lady Anne Barnard, to figures on the margins ofcolonial histories, like settler rebels, slaves and early African nationalists. Complementing the analyses of these primary texts are discussions of the many subsequent literary works and histories of the Cape Colony.These diverse writings are discussed first in relation to current debates in postcolonial studies about settler nationalism, anti-colonial resistance, and the imprint of eighteenth-century colonial histories on contemporary neo-colonial politics. Secondly, the project of imagining the post-apartheidSouth African nation functions as a critical lens for reading the eighteenth-century history of the Cape Colony, with the extensive commentaries on literature and history associated with the Thabo Mbeki presidencies given particular attention.
David Johnson is Professor of Literature in the Department of English at The Open University. He is the author of Shakespeare and South Africa (Clarendon Press, 1996), with Richard Danson Brown, of Shakespeare 1609: Cymbeline and the Sonnets (Macmillan, 2000) and, with Steve Pete and Max Du Plessis, of Jurisprudence: A South African P...
Title:Imagining the Cape Colony: History, Literature, and the South African NationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pagesPublished:November 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0748664890

ISBN - 13:9780748664894


Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Remembering the Khoikhoi victory over Dom Francisco d'Almeida at the Cape in 1510: Luiz de Camoes and Robert Southey2. French Representations of the Cape 'Hottentots': Jean Tavernier, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Francois Levaillant3. The Scottish Enlightenment and colonial governance: Adam Smith, John Bruce, and Lady Anne Barnard4. African Land for the American Empire: John Adams, Benjamin Stout, and Robert Semple5. Historical and literary re-iterations of Dutch Settler Republicanism6. Literature and Cape Slavery7. History and the Griqua Nation: Andries Waterboer and Hendrick HendricksConclusionIndex