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The Sleep of the Brave: Graves as Sites and Signs in the Colonial Eastern Cape

David Bunn

in Images and Empires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927292 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520229488.003.0003
The Sleep of the Brave: Graves as Sites and Signs in the Colonial Eastern Cape

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This chapter examines the representational power of graves in the Eastern Cape region in South Africa during colonial rule between 1840 and 1880. It suggests that during this period there was something of a reciprocal exchange that developed between British and Xhosa forms of memorialization. This exchange is evidenced by widespread obsession with the idea of the disinterred corpse and the increasing visibility of Xhosa graves as topographical features.

Keywords: graves; Eastern Cape; South Africa; British; Xhosa; memorialization; disinterred corpse; topographical features

Chapter.  13803 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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