n English in Africa - A bibliography of white Southern African women writers 1800-1940

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



It is generally accepted that South Africa has had few women writers before the nineteen-forties, and of those few, fewer are of consequence. Many South African academics, asked to name even those, might get no further than Olive Schreiner and Pauline Smith. The bibliography presented here developed as the result of the realisation that a significant number of women in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries had written on South Africa, been published, and found an eager audience, as contemporary reviews make clear. Today, most of those writers have disappeared from the South African literary consciousness. While in some cases this may be justified, when one considers the historical and literary perspective this engaging and diverse body of writing offers, one realises that to blot it from memory would be a loss indeed.

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