A History of South African Literature

Overview

This book is the first critical study of its subject, from colonial and pre-colonial times to the present. Christopher Heywood discusses selected poems, plays and prose works in five literary traditions: Khoisan, Nguni-Sotho, Afrikaans, English and Indian. The discussion covers over 100 authors and selected works, including poets from Mqhayi, Marais and Campbell to Butler, Serote and Krog, theatre writers from Boniface and Black to Fugard and Mda, and fiction writers from Schreiner and Plaatje to Bessie Head and ...
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Overview

This book is the first critical study of its subject, from colonial and pre-colonial times to the present. Christopher Heywood discusses selected poems, plays and prose works in five literary traditions: Khoisan, Nguni-Sotho, Afrikaans, English and Indian. The discussion covers over 100 authors and selected works, including poets from Mqhayi, Marais and Campbell to Butler, Serote and Krog, theatre writers from Boniface and Black to Fugard and Mda, and fiction writers from Schreiner and Plaatje to Bessie Head and the Nobel prizewinners Gordimer and Coetzee. The literature is explored in the setting of crises leading to the formation of modern South Africa, notably the rise and fall of the Emperor Shaka's Zulu kingdom, the Colenso crisis, industrialisation, the colonial and post-colonial wars of 1899, 1914 and 1939, and the dissolution of apartheid society. In Heywood's magisterial study, South African literature emerges as among the great literatures of the modern world.
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"South Africa's rich and complex history comes to life in this comprehensive account...an impressive authority...the sheer variety of style and form that Heywood encompasses in his criticism is extraordinary." - Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521153782
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Heywood is Honorary Research Fellow in English literature at the University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : communities and rites of passage 1
2 Poetry before Sharpeville : singing, protest, writing 29
3 Theatre before Fugard 72
4 Prose classics : Schreiner to Mofolo 87
5 Fiction of resistance and protest : Bosman to Mphahlele 111
6 Poetry after Sharpeville 145
7 Theatre : Fugard to Mda 178
8 Novels and stories after 1960 194
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