n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - The unwritten textbook of the folktale : a case study of "Morongwa le Morongwanyana" [The Messenger and the Small messenger] : research article

Volume 25, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



This article explores the unwritten textbook of the folktale in the case of "Morongwa le Morongwanyana" [The Messenger and the Small messenger], a South African folktale recorded and published by A.T. Malepe. Against the background of current problems with the folktale tradition, it is argued that the unwritten textbook can help improve three educational practices, namely the practice of educating children at home, the practice of teaching and learning at school, and the practice of educational mass media. The nature and content of the unwritten textbook of the Batswana culture as defined by Ong (1982) and other scholars on orality are examined in a case study of the selected folktale. Lastly, the implications of the case study and of the unwritten textbook for the three practices are spelled out.

Hierdie artikel is 'n verkenning van die ongeskrewe teksboek van die volksverhaal in die geval van "Morongwa le Morongwanyana" [Die Boodskapper en die Klein boodskappertjie], 'n Suid-Afrikaanse volksverhaal opgeteken en gepubliseer deur A.T. Malepe. Teen die agtergrond van probleme met die volksverhaaltradisie is die argument dat die ongeskrewe teksboek kan bydra tot die verbetering van drie opvoedingspraktyke, naamlik voorskoolse tuisonderrig, onderrig-en-leer op skool en opvoedkundige programme in die massamedia. Die aard en inhoud van die ongeskrewe teksboek, soos omskryf deur Ong (1982) en andere, word ondersoek in die geval van die gekose volksverhaal. Laastens word die implikasies van die gevallestudie vir die drie opvoedingspraktyke uitgespel.

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