oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Schwarze Marchen - Weisse Federn: Weisse Sammler des Erzahlgutes der schwarzen Gemeinschaften im siidlichen Afrika

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



Ten writers are presented in a new light They all had the same side-line: they lent their skills to capturing the folktales of the different black communities in southern Africa. None of these ten writers had planned to become a folklorist or a collector of fairy-tales. They all did their serious professional work: as scholars, like Alexander and Lestrade, as missionaries, like Callaway and Hoffmann. or in administration, like Bleek and Theal. The nature of their work brought them into close contact with black tribes. They were impressed by the rich fund of fascinating stories they found there. They all - and every one of the ten may be regarded as the first one in his area of the field - captured this oral literature with their pens, thereby preserving it in its original form. Thus these ten collectors of folklore were ethnological as well as literary pioneers in Southern Africa.

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