n English in Africa - Thomas Pringle's "The Emigrant's Cabin" and the invention of settler colonialism

Volume 38, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Although Thomas Pringle produced a significant body of work during his residence in the Cape Colony, he also wrote extensively about this experience from a metropolitan vantage heavily invested in his public role as the secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society and an active campaigner in parliamentary pressure groups concerned with colonial reform. Any appraisal of Pringle's work which fails to take into account these shifting perspectives, and reads it as a continuum rather than as divided by different locations and intentions, runs the risk of simplifying. This simplification tends to construct Pringle's work as a of liberal development when it was very often conjunctural and improvised, responding to circumstances (often entirely novel) as they arose or retrospectively refashioning them.

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