Wits University Press and Love Books invite you to the launch of Jill Weintroub’s biography of
DOROTHEA BLEEK: A LIFE OF SCHOLARSHIP
Dorothea Bleek was an adventurer and researcher travelling
across southern Africa in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Driven by intellectual curiosity she was a rock art researcher
of note who continued and affirmed the legacy of her father and
aunt’s research (known as the Bleek & Lloyd Collection) on the
When she started her research, biographer Jill Weintroub
found a great silence around Dorothea. Why had so little been
said or written about her? Why was she the one labelled as
‘racist’ while Lucy Lloyd and Wilhelm Bleek were celebrated as
liberal thinkers ahead of their time? Was there nothing more
that could be said about Dorothea’s life?
Join Jill Weintroub and Lindie Koorts (historian and author of DF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner Nationalism)
at Love Books where they will discuss how biographers navigate the complex legacies of their subjects.
WHEN: Wednesday 6 April 2016, 18.00 for 18.30
WHERE: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre,
53 Rustenberg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
RSVP by 4 April to Corina van der Spoel