'The South African “Children of the Mist”’: The Bushman, the Highlander and The Making of Colonial Identities in Thomas Pringle’s South African Poetry (1825-1834)

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Title: 'The South African “Children of the Mist”’: The Bushman, the Highlander and The Making of Colonial Identities in Thomas Pringle’s South African Poetry (1825-1834)
Authors: Atkin, Lara
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10453
Date: 2018
Online since: 2019-05-15T08:21:37Z
Abstract: This article examines the circulation of the first anglophone poem to be written in the voice of an indigenous southern African, Thomas Pringle’s ‘Song of the Wild Bushman’, in the newspapers and periodicals of Britain and the Cape Colony in the years preceding the abolition of slavery in the colonies in 1834. In both the Cape and Britain, Pringle positioned the poem in dialogue with contemporaneous travel writing in order to reflect critically upon the relationship between colonists and indigenous peoples in Britain’s fledgling settler colonies. By placing the poem in the newspapers and popular periodicals of both Britain and the Cape, Pringle was able to disseminate to a range of colonial and metropolitan readers an image of a trans-imperial Britishness that could accommodate a range of national and colonial identities, including those of the European and indigenous subjects of the expanding British Empire.
Funding Details: European Commission Horizon 2020
European Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Modern Humanities Research Association
Journal: Yearbook of English Studies
Volume: 48
Start page: 199
End page: 215
Copyright (published version): 2018 Modern Humanities Research Association
Keywords: Thomas PringleWalter ScottBushmanCape Colony
DOI: 10.5699/yearenglstud.48.2018.0199
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection

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