The "Malaboch" books

Kgalusi in the "civilisation of the written word"

The "Malaboch" books

Kgalusi in the "civilisation of the written word"

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This study looks into the making of historical knowledge through written texts and publications. The focus is on the colonial subjugation of a South African community, the Hananwa of Kgalusi Mmaleboho, in a war against the Boers in 1894. During the course of the twentieth century two diaries, one by an Anglican priest (Colin Rae) and one by a German missionary (Christoph Sonntag), came to play an extraordinary role in the way 'Malaboch' and his people would be represented in what Roland Barthes referred to as the "civilisation of the written word". Attention is paid to the diary as a source for historical research, and the extent to which, especially in published form, its aspirations also as a literary genre affect its possible meanings for successive generations of readers.

"This is a clever book. Ist central objective is to decipher two primary texts on the war between the Boers and the Hananwa in mid-1894. These are the ’Malaboch books’ in the title whose form of communication, the printed word, is carried by the sub-title. Lize Kriel sets out to write about the way these texts portray chief Mmalebôhô (Malaboch), but her book is really about writing history. […] The strengths of this book lie in the field of methodology, and many historians will find it, or ist individual chapters, very useful. Seminars on methodology will benefit greatly from Lize Kriels’s examination of the narrative structure of texts, her concentration on the pitfalls of translation and editing, her remarks on diaries as a historical source, ort he knowledge and experience brought by authors to their subjects."

Patrick Harries, Historia Journal of the Historical Association of South Africa 55, 2010/1
Reihe Missionsgeschichtliches Archiv
Band 13
ISBN 978-3-515-09243-2
Medientyp Buch - Kartoniert
Copyrightjahr 2009
Umfang 377 Seiten
Abbildungen 15 s/w Abb., 3 s/w Tab., 1 Kte.
Format 17,0 x 24,0 cm
Sprache Englisch