Savage Delight: White Myths of Shaka

Savage Delight: White Myths of Shaka

by University Of KwaZulu-Natal Press




Myths outdistance known facts about Shaka, the Zulu founder- king. Through case studies of the mythology generated by four influential 19th- and 20th-century white writers on Shaka (N. Isaacs, F. Flynn, A.T. Bryant, and E.A. Ritter), Wylie analyzes ambivalent conceptions of identity underlying these narratives. Illustrations include a map and media depictions of Shaka (e.g., from a 1986 South African TV series and US promotion of the video version). Based on an undated doctoral dissertation in English from Rhodes U. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780869809556
Publisher: University Of KwaZulu-Natal Press
Publication date: 12/01/2000
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvi
Chapter 1Transparent Masks: Style and Identity11
Chapter 2A Monster in Paradise?39
Chapter 3The Problem of the 'I': The First Accounts, 1823-3667
Chapter 4'No Redeeming Quality': Nathaniel Isaacs83
Chapter 5'Proprietor of Natal': Henry Francis Fynn105
Chapter 6The Missionary Years: 1836-1938137
Chapter 7'Olden Times': A.T. Bryant163
Chapter 8The Lure of the Tale: History and Fiction in the Twentieth Century183
Chapter 9A Dangerous Admiration: E.A. Ritter217
Select Bibliography247

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