Mhudi: An Epic of South African Native Life a Hundred Years Ago is a South African novel by Sol Plaatje first published in 1930, and one of the first published African novels and the first novel by a black African to be published in English. The novel was republished many times subsequently, including in the influential Heinemann African Writers Series.
The novel is a political historical novel which explores the development of the Traansval kingdom, led by Matabeleland. The novel was originally finished in 1920, but Plaatje was unable to get the novel published. The novel re-invisions the standard Euro-centric narrative of history which supported Apartheid and its racist infrastructure.
Further reading [ edit ]
- Johnson, David (1994-12-01). "Literature for the rainbow nation: The case of sol Plaatje's Mhudi". Journal of Literary Studies. 10 (3–4): 345–358. doi:10.1080/02564719408530088. ISSN 0256-4718.
- Chrisman, Laura (2000). "Complex Relations: African Nationalism, Imperialism, and Form in Mhudi". Rereading the Imperial Romance: British Imperialism and South African Resistance in Haggard, Schreiner, and Plaatje. Oxford Scholarship Online. pp. 187–208. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122999.003.0009. ISBN 9780198122999.
References [ edit ]
- Chennells, Anthony (1997-05-01). "Plotting South African History: Narrative in Sol Plaatje's "Mhudi"". English in Africa. 24 (1): 37–58. ISSN 0376-8902. JSTOR 40238835.
- Sanders, Mark (2002-12-25). "Sol T Plaatje:The Essential Interpreter". Complicities: The Intellectual and Apartheid. Duke University Press. pp. 40–60. ISBN 978-0822329985.
See also [ edit ]
- Guanya Pau: A Story of an African Princess 1891 Liberian English language novel
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