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On Sexuality and ScriptureOrality, Memory & the Past

Orality Literacy and Colonialism in Southern Africa
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Orality Literacy and Colonialism in Southern Africa

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Jonathan A. Draper editor

With Colonialism in Southern Africa came the Bible and Western text-based literacy. This co-incidence was no accident, for literacy is essentially about control and domination: control of information, memory, beliefs and distribution. Literacy was controlled and monitored by missionaries and the colonial authorities.
Continuing oral traditions and indigenous forms of cultural expression were and still are, however, beyond the control of empire and often carried and continue to carry the resistance of the colonized people to domination. Old oral forms and dynamic new oral forms carry the hopes and dreams of marginalized people.

The studies in this book contribute to the effort to recover aspects of the rich oral tradition of Southern Africa past and present. The chapters seek to delineate some of the contours of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems which sustained resistance to colonialism and continue to provide resources for the struggles of post-apartheid society in Southern Africa.

This book brings together papers from anthropologists, researchers in African literature, theologians and activists interested in the nature and role of oral tradition in culture and society.


Jonathan A. Draper is Professor of New Testament in the School of Theology, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg


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