oa Alternation - Shaka and the changing of perspectives - teaching South African literature and history at a German College

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In 1996 a colleague of the history department and I developed and taught an interdisciplinary course 'South Africa and Shaka-Literature and History' at the Oberstufenkolleg Bielefeld as an experiment in interdisciplinary team-teaching in our section 'cultures and histories,2. Various reasons motivated us to choose such an apparently 'far away' topic: the exciting political situation in South Africa, the question of nationbuilding and the role of tradition in this context. We had looked for a topic that allowed and required both literary and historical studies and was a good case for the reflection of eurocentric perspectives.

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