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Author Hofmeyr, Isabel.

Title We spend our years as a tale that is told : oral historical narrative in a South African chiefdom / Isabel Hofmeyr
Edition New edition
Published Portsmouth, N.H. : Heinemann ; Johannesburg : Witwatersrand University Press ; London : J. Currey, 1994


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  398.20968 Hof/Wso  AVAILABLE
Description xvi, 328 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Series Social history of Africa
Social history of Africa.
Contents 1. "Stories go Hand in Glove with Building a Man and a Woman": Household, Gender and Oral Storytelling -- 2. Jonah and the Swallowing Monster: Orality and Literacy on a Berlin Mission Station -- 3. The Spoken Word and the Barbed Wire: Oral Chiefdoms versus Literate Bureaucracies -- 4. "Dikgoro tsa Kgale"/The Courtyards of Long Ago: Forced Removals, Household Shape and the Performance of Oral History -- 5. The Craft of Oral Historical Narrative: The Case of the Siege of Gwasa -- 6. The Meaning of Oral Historical Narrative: The Case of the Siege of Gwasa -- 7. Testimony into Text: The Making of the Makapansgat Legend -- 8. History as Farce?: Oral History as a Changing Phenomenon
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 306-322) and index
Subject Ndebele (African people) -- Folklore.
Ndebele (African people) -- History.
Sotho (African people) -- Folklore.
Sotho (African people) -- History.
Oral tradition -- South Africa -- Transvaal.
Tales -- South Africa -- Transvaal.
LC no. 93033815
ISBN 1868142167 Witwatersrand University Press
0852556616 J. Currey cloth
085255611X J. Currey paperback
043508951X Heinemann paperback
0435080997 Heinemann cloth