A study of the personal literature written in the Eastern Cape in the nineteenth century

Young, Cheryl Ann (1995) A study of the personal literature written in the Eastern Cape in the nineteenth century. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

The evidence of these diaries, all written in the nineteenth century, reveals the heterogeneous nature of early settler society in the Eastern Cape. Generalizations can only be of the most tenuous kind in such a small sample; but women tend to dwell on the domestic, the men on their public lives, the most reticent about their private lives are the soldiers. There is one diary which can be described as personal; the diarists did not regard their diaries as appropriate repositories of their personal triumphs and failures. The perceptions formed in Britain about the land and people of Africa are not drastically modified upon arrival unless the diarist experiences a prolongued contact with either.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:South African diaries, Robert Wigram Arkwright, Frances Armstrong, Thomas Holden Bowker, James Brownlee, John North Crealock, Arthur Stephen Flanagan, Henry Hall, Nathaniel James Merriman, Sophia Pigot, Charles Lennox Stretch, Patrick Raymond Griffith, Clergy, Soldiers, South Africa, Eastern Cape
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > English
Supervisors:Van Wyk Smith, M.
ID Code:3547
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:01 Oct 2012 12:06
Last Modified:01 Oct 2012 12:06
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