oa Alternation - A.C. Jordan's tales from Southern Africa

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Jordan's 1940 novel Ingqumbo Yeminyanya (translated into English in 1980 as The Wrath of the Ancestors) has a place of honour in Xhosa literature. Not at all as well known is his 1973 collection, Tales from Southern Africa (Jordan 1973a), which he wrote in English. In the collection of essays which appeared in the same year (Towards an African Literature-Jordan 1973b). Jordan himself wrote that 'the English-speaking world knows far less about [""the tales about men and women""] ... [than about] myths and animal stories' from Africa (Jordan 1973b:4) and he suggested that the cultural world is looking for just these and other traditional artistic possessions, of which South Africa itself has not become aware (Jordan 1973b: 14).

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