Revisiting the poetry of Benedict Wallet Vilakazi : the utility and meaning of African Languages and Literatures in Higher Education

Show simple item record Zondi, Nompumelelo Bernadette 2018-06-07T07:41:20Z 2018-06-07T07:41:20Z 2018 2018
dc.description An inaugural lecture presented by Prof NB Zondi, the HOD of the Department of African Languages, University of Pretoria. The lecture was presented on the 30th May 2018 at the University of Pretoria Senate Hall.
dc.description.abstract Although viewed (and dismissed) by many as primarily a tool for communication, language and literature cannot be understood only in relation towhat it communicates. A study of how it is shaped uncovers the social forces that provide its broad and complex template in the acts of reading and writing. Singling out the importance of the humanities and of African languages, the DHET, in the White Paper for Post-School Education and Training (2013:37-41), advances an understanding of the seminal relationship between language, literature, context and society. The National Development Plan (2011), another founding document shaping the developmental agenda for South Africa, acknowledges that ‘major humanist projects which link our heritage and our future as a society’ are encompassed by the humanities in general and African languages in particular, and advises that our education from basic to tertiary and through the science and innovation system should invest and build capacity and high level expertise in these (in White Paper 2013: 37). The ‘demise’ of African languages in the academic sphere poses a serious threat to linguistic diversity in South Africa’ (White Paper 2013:38) and must be reversed. The DHET White Paper commits itself to a set of key ideas and strategies to ensure the rejuvenation of African languages through a ‘cross-disciplinary approach’ (White Paper 2013: 38). In this context, this lecture argues for the utility and meaning of the poetry of Benedict Wallet Vilakazi (1906–1947), offering perspectives on the saliency of his work for inter alia the meanings and location of African languages and literatures with regard to epistemic diversity, the ‘transformation’ of curricula, tradition versus modernity, gender, the meaning of identity, and the broader humanist project.
dc.format.extent 25 Pages en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.relation.ispartofseries Inaugural addresses (University of Pretoria) en_ZA
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dc.rights University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.subject Benedict Wallet Vilakazi en_ZA
dc.subject Literatures in Higher Education en_ZA
dc.subject African Languages en_ZA
dc.title Revisiting the poetry of Benedict Wallet Vilakazi : the utility and meaning of African Languages and Literatures in Higher Education en_ZA
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