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

Writing South Africa

Literature, Apartheid, and Democracy, 1970-1995

By: Derek Attridge (Editor), Rosemary Jolly (Editor)

Paperback Published: 23rd March 1998
ISBN: 9780521597685
Number Of Pages: 308

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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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Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgements and note on referencesp. xi
South Africa, 1970-1996: a chronologyp. xiii
Mapsp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Interrogating silence: new possibilities faced by South African literaturep. 14
I am dead: you cannot read: Andre Brink's On the Contraryp. 29
Endings and new beginning: South African fiction in transitionp. 43
The post-apartheid sublime: rediscovering the extraordinaryp. 57
Postmodernism and black writing in South Africap. 75
Shame and identity: the case of the coloured in South Africap. 91
A man's world: South African gay writing and the State of Emergencyp. 108
The final safari: on nature, myth, and the literature of the Emergencyp. 123
Interviewp. 141
Speech and silence in the fictions of J. M. Coetzeep. 149
'Dialogue' and 'fulfilment' in J. M. Coetzee's Age of Ironp. 166
Interviewp. 180
Inside out: Jeremy Cronin's lyrical politicsp. 187
Spinning out the present: narrative, gender, and the politics of South African theatrep. 204
South African theatre in the United States: the allure of the familiar and of the exoticp. 221
Position papers
Preparing ourselves for freedomp. 239
Challenges facing theatre practitioners in the new South Africap. 249
Current trends in Theatre for Development in South Africap. 257
Select bibliography: South African literary writing in English, 1970-1995p. 265
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780521597685
ISBN-10: 0521597684
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 23rd March 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.68 x 15.24  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.43