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Southern African Literatures is a major study of the work of writers from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique and Namibia, written at a time of crucial change in the subcontinent. It covers a wide range of work from storytelling of stone-age Bushmen to modern writing by renowned figures such as Es'kia Mphahlele, Nadine Gordimer and Andre Brink, encompassing traditional; and case studies based on topical issues. The main focus of the book is the dynamic relationship between literary culture and political life in countries with fiercely contested histories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582053076
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 5/8/1996
  • Series: Longman Literature in English Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 533
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Map of Southern Africa
Countries of Southern Africa
A Note on Racial Terminology, Orthography and Conventions
A Note on Translated Works
Introduction: Writing Literary History in Southern Africa 1
Pt. 1 Oral Tradition: A Usable Past 15
Ch. 1 Bushman (San) Songs and Stories 21
Recovering voices: the Bleek and Lloyd Collection 21
Mood Songs. !Kaha of the Kalahari 24
Creation myths, folk-tales, testimonies. Kabbo's story 27
Bushman projects, Khoi projects. Draghoender's lament 32
Ch. 2 African (Bantu) Songs, Stories, Praises 39
Separatist church songs. The 'Kamuzu' songs of Malawi 39
Proverbs, orations, creation myths, folk-tales. Lydia umkaSetemba's recitations 44
An 'African' aesthetic: a chief is a chief by the people 49
The praise poem: a usable past? Shaka's court to the trade-union rally 53
Pt. 2 Writing of European Settlement: South Africa 1652-1910 69
Ch. 1 Images of Africa, 1652-1820 75
Adamastor and the savage land 75
Dutch records and Afrikaner identity 77
British occupation. Barrow's travels, Lady Anne Barnard's letters 80
Ch. 2 The Story of Frontier, 1820s-1870s 87
Settler opinion, trekker opinion. The periodical press 87
Pringle's African Sketches (1834) 94
The 1820s and the liberal tradition 99
The Xhosa legacy from Ntsikana to Mandela 103
Ch. 3 Anglicisation and the Afrikaans Language Movements, 1875-1930 117
Popular sentiment. Du Toit, Preller, Langenhoven 117
Literary sensibility. Marais, Leipoldt, Totius 122
Ch. 4 The Story of the Colony. Fiction, 1880- 129
The heart of darkness from Rider Haggard to Wilbur Smith 129
Schreiner's colonial crisis 133
Blackburn's Bulalie comes to Joburg 138
Pt. 3 African or Colonial Literature: 1880s to 1960s 145
Ch. 1 The Colonial Past in the Independent State 149
Ethnography and journalism in the Portuguese colonies 149
African-language literature in the British colonies 155
Rhodesian, Counter-Rhodesian, Zimbabwean Fiction. Cripps. Lessing. Samkange 159
The Mambo Book of Zimbabwean Verse in English. Constructing a Tradition 163
Ch. 2 Belonging and Belief in South Africa, 1910-1948. Europe and Africa 173
From segregation to apartheid 173
Black's satire: the popular white voice 176
High art and social responsibility. Campbell. Plomer. Van der Post 179
Tales of rural communities. Smith. Bosman. The plaasroman 187
Afrikaans, a literary language. Poetry from Van Wyk Louw to Opperman 193
Ch. 3 Belonging and Belief in South Africa, 1910-1948. Africa and Europe 203
Ubuntu. The case of Mqhayi 203
The early African literary elite, Popular alternatives. Plaatje. Mofolo. Jordan. Shembe. The Lucky Stars 207
The 'new African' and the old story: H.I.E. Dhlomo. Vilakazi. Noni Jabavu 212
Ch. 4 Identity and the Apartheid State, 1948-1970 221
Retribalising the Bantu. The Freedom Charter 221
Poetry and liberal sensibility. Butler. Miller. Clouts 223
Novels against apartheid. Abrahams. Paton 228
Seeking a perspective. Jacobson. Early Gordimer 233
Drum magazine and stories of city experience. Themba. Mphahlele. King Kong 237
Black autobiography. Modisane. Mphahlele 244
The silent decade. Sestigers. Brutus, La Guma and exile. Political testimony 246
Pt. 4 Commissioned by the Nation, Commissioned by the Society. Independence, Post-Independence 261
Ch. 1 Malawi and Zambia: The Writer in the One-party State 265
Banda and Kaunda 265
Zambian humanism. Stories and journalism 268
Zambian theatre. Dissent and development 271
Malawian writers, censorship and the 'university' style. Poetry from Rubadiri to Mapanje 273
Malwi's popular voice 275
Ch. 2 Angola and Mozambique. National Ideals and Pragmatic Realities 281
The generation of the 1950s. Neto, Jacinto, Craveirinha, de Sousa, and others 281
Poetry of combat, 1960-1975 286
Storytelling and local speech. Vieira to Couto 287
Ch. 3 Zimbabwe: the Unified Nation or the Functioning Society? 295
Rhodesia and Zimbabwe 295
Chimurenga songs 298
The legacy of war. Mungoshi, Marechera, Zimunya 300
'Remaking the world'. Hove, Chinodya, Dangarembga 305
Theatre and the public sphere 308
The Mugabe government 311
Ch. 4 Namibia: Making a Literature 315
The 'wild south-west' of colonial imagination 315
Namibian voices from Witbooi to Diescho 318
Pt. 5 Writing in the Interregnum: South Africa, 1970-1995 325
Ch. 1 Black Consciousness and White Africans 333
New black poetry. Mtshali, Serote, Sepamla, Gwala 333
Biko and Turner: recasting the white state 337
Poetry by white Africans. Livingstone, Breytenbach and others 339
Ch. 2 The Black Theatre Model. Towards an Aesthetic of South African Theatre 351
Black Consciousness and the popular play 351
Minority and majority theatre. The performing arts councils to the worker play 356
Mda and Fugard. Literary playwrights and the black theatre model 360
Sarafina!: the seriousness of popular response 365
Ch. 3 The Story of Community: A Resilient Tradition 369
Seeking a community in Staffrider 369
Matshoba: the storyteller as teacher 372
Stories of the collective and isolated self. Tlali, Kuzwayo, Gordimer, Aucamp, Ndebele and others 376
Bessie Head: the telling of unexceptional tales 380
Ch. 4 The Truth of Fiction and the Fiction of Truth: Writing Novels in the Interregnum 385
Gordimer, Coetzee and Soweto novels 385
Anxieties of influence and journalistic demands. Ebersohn, Schoeman, Joubert, Miles, Stockenstrom and others 397
Brink: the internationalism of the Afrikaner rebel 402
The novel in a state of emergency 404
Ch. 5 The State of Emergency, the New South Africa 411
Historical memory and the 'apartheid era' 411
Poetry and prose in the 1980s: the high word to the low mimetic. Cronin, Krog, Black Afrikaans poets, Goosen 412
Criticism and local challenges: The indigenised intellectual. Feminism. Children's literature 417
The liberated zone: politics and polemics 423
Southern African Literatures: literary history and civil society 429
Pt. 6 Further References 437
Literature and Historical/Cultural Events in Southern Africa 439
General Bibliographies 472
Individual Authors - notes on biography, works and criticism 481
Index 516
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