H. I. E. Dhlomo (1903-1956), one of the most outstanding African intellectuals of the New African Movement, engaged the notion of the construction of modernity in South Africa in the first half of the twentieth-century. The movement s stellar roster included the following: Solomon T. Plaatje (1879-1932), Charlotte Manye Maxeke (1874-1939), Thomas Mofolo (1876-1948), R. V. Selope Thema (1886-1955), Clement Martyn Doke (1893-1980), Peter Abrahams (1918- ), Harold Cressy (1889-1916), Notsizi Mgqwetho (?-?), Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), Nadine Gordimer (1924- ), F. Z.S. Peregrino (1851-1919), Ezekiel Mphahlele (1919- ). The founding text of the New African Movement was Pixley ka Isaka Seme's (1880-1951) manifesto "Regeneration of Africa" (1903-4) which was written in New York City in the aftermath of the English-Boer War (1899-1902). Herbert Isaac Ezra Dhlomo, like all other New African intellectuals active in the wake of the [demise? rise?] of Xhosa Intellectuals of the 1880s, was preoccupied with how to transform European modernity, which was informed by Christianity, modern education, European civilization, in South Africa into New African modernity within the powerful political currents generated by Ethiopianism, Pan-Africanism, the African National Congress, New African Nationalism, and Shembe-ism. Dhlomo's distinct contribution to the New African Movement was the making of New African modernism through his work as a playwright, short-story writer, essayist, poet, violinist and journalist. This book mainly considers his influence in the construction of New African modernity using the articles he wrote for the predominan Umteteli wa Bantu newspaper in the 1920s and 1930s and Ilanga lase Natal newspaper in the 1940s and 1950s.
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Africa World Press, Inc.; 1st edition (March 1, 2007)
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