Savage Delight: White Myths of Shaka

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University of Natal Press, 2000 - Racism in literature - 270 pages
"Why have the stories of Shaka developed by white writers from earliest eyewitnesses through to contemporary novelists, poets and historians become so entrenched and uniform despite the evidence? Why have white writers written about Shaka in the way that they have? What does their approach reveal about their own conceptualisations of white identity?" "In answering these questions Savage Delight explores the social and psychological dimensions of the literary mythology of Shaka in an astonishingly coherent genealogy of white writers. A broad survey of how the myth solidified between the 1830s and the present is supported by four case studies of the most influential white writers on Shaka: eyewitnesses Nathaniel Isaacs and Henry Francis Fynn, anthropologist A.T. Bryant, and novelist E.A. Ritter."--BOOK JACKET.

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