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Preserving South Africa’s priceless ancient culture: Dorothea Bleek: A Life of Scholarship by Jill Weintroub

Dorothea BleekThe Weekend Argus recently featured the new book by Jill Weintroub: Dorothea Bleek: A Life of Scholarship.

Dorothea Bleek (1873 to 1948) devoted her life to completing the “bushman researches” her father and aunt had begun in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. Weintroub examines Bleek’s life story and family legacy, her rock art research and her fieldwork in southern Africa, and, in light of these, evaluates her scholarship and contribution to the history of ideas in South Africa.

It is a compelling and surprising narrative, which reveals an intellectual inheritance intertwined with the story of a woman’s life, and argues that Dorothea’s life work – her study of the bushmen – was also a sometimes surprising emotional quest.

 
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Bleek’s scholarly life far from bleak – Weekend Argus April 30, 2016 by Books LIVE

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