Written Culture in a Colonial Context. Africa and the Americas, 1500-1900
Title: Written Culture in a Colonial Context. Africa and the Americas, 1500-1900
Citation: Boston, Brill, 2012, African History (Brill Academic Publishers), 2
The circulation of manuscripts and books between different continents played a key role in the process of the first globalization from the 16th century onwards. This book explores the extent to which the control over the materiality of writing has shaped the numerous and complex processes of cultural exchange during the early modern period. Delmas and Penn bring together two fields of research in this collection of 15 papers: the history of written culture and the history of European colonial expansion in Africa and the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries. Topics include rock art, scripts, and proto-scripts in Africa; the introduction of alphabets to Mexican tlahcuilos (scribes) of the 16th century; representations of geographical knowledge of Ethiopia in the 16th and 17th centuries; literary-historical polemic in colonial Cape Town circa 1880-1910; Mapuche-Tehuelche Spanish writing and Argentinian-Chilean expansion during the 19th century; literacy and land practices at the Bay of Natal colony; black history and the Afro-Cuban codex of José Antonio Aponte; ministers of religion and written culture at the Cape of Good Hope in the 18th century; and occurrences and eclipses of the myth of Ulysses in Latin American culture.
Table of Contents:
-- Foreword: Writing at Sea / Isabel Hofmeyr -- Introduction: the written word and the world / Adrien Delmas -- Rock art, scripts and proto-scripts in Africa: the Libyco-Berber example / Jean-Loïc Le Quellec -- From pictures to letters: the early steps in the Mexican tlahcuilo's alphabetisation process during the 16th century / Patrick Johansson -- Edmond R. Smith's writing lesson: archive and representation in 19th century Araucanía / André Menard -- Missionary knowledge in context: geographical knowledge of Ethiopia in dialogue during the 16th and 17th centuries / Hervé Pennec -- From travelling to history: an outline of the VOC writing system during the 17th century / Adrien Delmas -- Towards an archaeology of globalisation: readings and writings of Tommaso Campanella on a theological-political empire between the Old and the New worlds (16th-17th centuries) / Fabián Javier Ludueña Romandini -- Charlevoix and the American savage: the 18th-century traveller as moralist / David J. Culpin -- Written culture and the Cape Khoikhoi: from travel writing to Kolb's 'full description' / Nigel Penn -- Nothing new under the sun: anatomy of a literary-historical polemic in colonial Cape Town circa 1800-1910 / Peter Merrington -- Mapuche-Tehuelche Spanish writing and Argentinian-Chilean expansion during the 19th century / Julio Esteban Vezub -- To my dear minister: official letters of African Wesleyan evangelists in the late 19th-century Transvaal / Lize Kriel -- Literacy and land at the Bay of Natal: documents and practices across spaces and social economics / Mastin Prinsloo -- The 'painting' of Black history: the Afro-Cuban codex of José Antonio Aponte (Havana, Cuba, 1812) / Jorge Pavez Ojeda -- On not spreading the Word: ministers of religion and written culture at the Cape of Good Hope in the 18th century / Gerald Groenewald -- Occurrences and eclipses of the myth of Ulysses in Latin American culture / José Emilio Burucúa
Previously published: UCT Press, 2011