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Review: THE FRONTIER REMIX: The Deaths of Hintsa: Postapartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts by Premesh Lalu

Reviewed Work: The Deaths of Hintsa: Postapartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts by Premesh Lalu
Review by: Hlonipha Mokoena
History and Theory
Vol. 50, No. 1 (February 2011), pp. 112-119
Published by: Wiley for Wesleyan University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41300062
Page Count: 8
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THE FRONTIER REMIX
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Abstract

In The Deaths of Hintsa: Postapartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts, Premesh Lalu claims to offer a critique of apartheid's colonial past. Emblematic of this colonial past is the 1835 killing and mutilation of the Xhosa king Hintsa. Lalu uses this violent event to argue against the evidence provided by the colonial archives. He argues that the killing of Hintsa was not an empirical fact but a product of the colonial imagination. The review argues that although the critique of apartheid's colonial past is timely, the book is not about Hintsa and does not therefore offer an alternative narrative of the death of the Xhosa king.

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