THOMAS PRINGLE AND THE POETRY OF ANTI-SLAVERY
Professor David Attwell, Department of English, University of York
This lecture will look at Thomas Pringle (1789–1834) not as the ‘father of South African poetry in English’ but as a liberal Scot whose experience of colonial governance and of life in the colony turned him into a poet-activist in London, fighting the cause of Abolition.
Pringle, T. 1989. African Poems of Thomas Pringle. Ed. M. Chapman and E. Pereira. Scottsville: University of Natal Press.
Pringle, T. 1966. A Narrative of a Residence in South Africa . Cape Town: Struik.
David Attwell and Derek Attridge. 2012. The Cambridge History of South African Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.