Writing South Africa: Literature, Apartheid, and Democracy, 1970-1995

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During the final years of the apartheid era and the subsequent transition to democracy, South African literary writing caught the world's attention as never before. Writing South Africa offers a window on the literary activity of this extraordinary period that conveys its range and its significance for anyone interested in the impact of decolonisation and democratisation on the cultural sphere. It brings together for the first time discussions by some of the most distinguished South African writers, with those of leading commentators based in South Africa, Britain and North America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521597685
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and note on references
South Africa, 1970-1996: a chronology
1 Introduction 1
2 Interrogating silence: new possibilities faced by South African literature 14
3 I am dead: you cannot read: Andre Brink's On the Contrary 29
4 Endings and new beginning: South African fiction and transition 43
5 The post-apartheid sublime: rediscovering the extraordinary 57
6 Postmodernism and black writing in South Africa 75
7 Shame and identity: the case of the coloured in South Africa 91
8 A man's world: South African gay writing and the State of Emergency 108
9 The final safari: on nature, myth, and the literature of the Emergency 123
10 Interview 141
11 Speech and silence in the fictions of J. M. Coetzee 149
12 'Dialogue' and 'fulfilment' in J. M. Coetzee's Age of Iron 166
13 Interview 180
14 Inside out: Jeremy Cronin's lyrical politics 187
15 Spinning out the present: narrative, gender, and the politics of South African theatre 204
16 South African theatre in the United States: the allure of the familiar and of the exotic 221
17 Preparing ourselves for freedom 239
18 Challenges facing theatre practitioners in the new South Africa 249
19 Current trends in Theatre for Development in South Africa 257
Select bibliography: South African literary writing in English, 1970-1995 265
Index 277
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