Literacy is essentially about the control of information, memory, and belief, and with colonialism in Southern Africa came the Bible and text-based literacy monitored by missionaries and colonial authorities. Old and new oral traditions, however, are beyond the control of empire and often carry the resistance, hopes, and dreams of colonized people. The essays in this volume, edited by Jonathan A. Draper, recover aspects of Southern Africa’s rich oral tradition. The authors, from disciplines such as anthropology, African literature, and biblical studies, delineate some of the contours of the indigenous knowledge systems which sustained resistance to colonialism and today provide resources for postapartheid society in Southern Africa.
Jonathan A. Draper is Professor of New Testament, School of Theology, at University of Natal, South Africa.
This book is available in Africa through Cluster Publications.
“The essays offer a fascinating insight into the plurality of responses among ordinary South Africans to the post-apartheid situation.” — A. Leslie Milton, Expository Times
Hardback edition available from Brill Academic Publishers (www.brill.nl)
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