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n South African Journal of Cultural History - Khoi Khoi culture refractured through a German prism : Christian Ludwig Willebrand's reconstruction in historical context

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Abstract

Although European perceptions of the Cape of Good Hope and especially of its Khoi Khoi and San peoples have received considerable scholarly attention, but their manifestations in German literature during the VOC period have not. The present article treats what was apparently the first German novel dealing with southern Africa, namely Christian Ludwig Willebrand's . The representation of the Khoi Khoi and their interaction with European settlers in this text is placed into the historical context of popular seventeenth and eighteenth-century ethnographic surveys of the region. Willebrand's primary dependence on the German translation of Olfert Dapper's is demonstrated.


Hoewel Europese indrukke van die Kaap die Goeie Hoop, veral van die Khoi-Khoi- en San bewoners van die gebied, heelwat wetenskaplike aandag geniet het, kan dit nie van hulle neerslag in Duitse literatuur uit die VOC-tydperk gesê word nie. In dié artikel word gekyk na wat waarskynlik die eerste Duitse roman is waarin suidelike Afrika behandel word, naamlik Christiaan Ludwig Willebrand se . Die uitbeelding van die Khoi-Khoi en hulle interaksie met Europese-nedersetters in hierdie geskrif, word binne die historiese konteks van algemene sewentiende- en agtiendeeeuse etnografiese opnames van die streek geplaas. Willebrand se groot afhanklikheid van die Duitse vertaling van Olfert Dapper se word uitgelig.

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