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n Historia - The Enlightenment, the colonial Cape and post-apartheid discourse
Imagining the Cape Colony: History, Literature and the South African Nation, David Johnson : book review

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Abstract

is a slim but dense work which examines how this part of the world has been written up and analysed as a political community by eighteenth-century travellers, thinkers and theorists from Europe; but also by settler rebels, emancipationists and early African nationalists who drew on Enlightenment precepts of equality and governance in various ways, and for various reasons. Surrounding and giving texture to this enquiry is attention to a wide range of historical and literary works, allowing us to see how certain elements of the past come into cultural visibility at certain moments, and why. For "poetical genius", to quote the young radical Robert Southey who appears in these pages, "is certainly a barometer that rises or falls according to the state of the political atmosphere" (p 21).

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2013-05-01
2016-12-05
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