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dc.contributor.author Ndana, N.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-27T12:15:02Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-27T12:15:02Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Ndana, N. (2008) Of "disinclined trains and clever actors to be admired and not followed": Sol Plaatje, William Shakespeare and the dilemma of the African intellectual 1894-1920's, Marang: Journal of Language and Learning, Vol. 18, pp. 161-170 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1816-7659
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10311/854
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the dilemma of the emergent African intellectual, activist or modern leader by focusing on Sol Plaatje's experiences. It shows that by acquiring western education and values, the African intellectual occupied a position of in-between-ness, forcing him or her to promote and oppose both western and African values, and beliefs, resulting in a split identity. Consequently, his or her relationship with both the foreign culture and what he or believed to be his or her people, was bound to be problematic, leading to frustrations and disappointment. In dealing with such frustration Plaatje employed Shakespeare's text to lash out at his fellow Africans, and Tswana speakers in particular, for their reluctance in supporting his political and cultural projects. I conclude by showing that blaming his people for what he perceived to be their lackadaisical and cavalier attitude towards projects intended to uplift their status was somewhat misguided because it failed to recognize the dynamics of adopting and imbibing western values. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Botswana, Department of English, http://www.ub.bw en_US
dc.subject African intellectual en_US
dc.subject Split-identity en_US
dc.subject Leadership debate en_US
dc.subject Dissillusionment en_US
dc.subject Translation en_US
dc.subject Shakespeare en_US
dc.title Of "disinclined trains and clever actors to be admired and not followed": Sol Plaatje, William Shakespeare and the dilemma of the African intellectual 1894-1920's en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US


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