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The writings of Thomas Pringle

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dc.contributor.author Shaw DJ en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T06:35:50Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T06:35:50Z
dc.date.submitted 1996 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/5718
dc.description.abstract Today, the once-colonial literatures of Australia, India and the Americas claim independence and autonomy from their metropolitan pasts because they have forged, and still are forging, new and unique identities from themselves. At the same time, the importance of early colonial writing in the British Imperial nexus has increasingly been recognised. Thomas Pringle, a seminal figure in this nexus with regard to early British colonisation of the Cape, has, however, largely been ignored by European participants in the post-colonial debate. Before the task of locating Pringle's work in this context can be undertaken, however it is crucial that both the range and internal development of his own writings are investigated. A thorough critical survey of Pringle's writings, including his poetry, journalism, letters, narratives and anti-slavery propaganda, is lacking in Pringle scholarship. This dissertation undertakes the task of a critical survey, in order to bring the diverse range of his writings to the attention of a wider audience, and to lay the foundations for future critical interpretation of Pringle's work. Work published by Pringle during his lifetime appears between 1811 and 1834, originally in Scotland, and later in South Africa and England as well. Pringle's output is diverse, both in style, content and genre. Unfortunately, previous critical discussion of it has usually been limited to isolated aspects of his oeuvre - in particular, his South African poetry - and does not take the entirety into account. This imbalance can be corrected by an exploration of the range of Pringle's writings and the establishment of a general, chronological framework within which the various writings can be interpreted. A chronological survey is necessary as correspondences between his writings and biography are crucial, and, more importantly, because the development of his political ideology duly affects the style and content of his work. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject More than one sub-field en
dc.title The writings of Thomas Pringle en
dc.type Doctoral degree en
dc.description.degree DPhil en


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