A History of South African Literature

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Christopher Heywood surveys representative South African poems, plays and prose works in five literary traditions: Khoisan, Nguni-Sotho, Afrikaans, English, and Indian. Heywood's selections include over 100 authors and selected works—covering poetry, theater and prose. Explored in the context of crises leading to the formation of modern South Africa, South African literature emerges from this study as one of the great literatures of the modern world.

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Overview

Christopher Heywood surveys representative South African poems, plays and prose works in five literary traditions: Khoisan, Nguni-Sotho, Afrikaans, English, and Indian. Heywood's selections include over 100 authors and selected works—covering poetry, theater and prose. Explored in the context of crises leading to the formation of modern South Africa, South African literature emerges from this study as one of 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

Preface; Acknowledgements; Chronology; List of abbreviations; Literary map of South Africa; 1. Introduction: communities and rites of passage; Part I. Towards Sharpeville: 2. Poetry before Sharpeville: singing, protest, writing; 3. Theatre before Fugard; 4. Prose classics: Schreiner to Mofolo; 5. Fiction of resistance and protest: Bosman to Mphahlele; Part II. Transformation: 6. Poetry after Sharpeville; 7. Theatre: Fugard to Mda; 8. Novels and stories after 1960; Notes; Glossary; Select bibliography; Index.

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