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Perspectives on SA English Literature

perspectives_on_sa_english_literature This is the most comprehensive volume of essays yet to appear on South African literature.  Written by leading academics and literary critics, the essays cover the range of writing in English from Thomas Pringle to Soweto poetry, while parallel insights are provided on African-language literature.  There are special focuses on the novels of race, censorship, feminist criticism, contemporary theatre and expression in a state of emergency.  Each essay includes details of further critical reading.

Approaches vary from appreciative commentary to ‘deconstructive' readings, and relatively unknown writers like Douglas Blackburn and Stephen Black are discussed alongside figures such as Olive Schreiner, Sol T Plaatje, Roy Campbell, Pauline Smith, Herman Charles Bosman, Can Themba, Es'kia Mphahlele, Alan Paton, Bessie Head, Alex la Guma, Athol Fugard, Nadine Gordimer and Mongane Wally Serote.

With South African literature increasingly being studied at schools and universities, this work should prove indispensable to students, teachers and lecturers, as well as offering the interested general reader a fascinating introduction to our literature.

Michael Chapman is professor English at the University of Natal (Durban).  His numerous publications on South African literature include South African English Poetry: A Modern Perspective.

Colin Gardner is professor of English at the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg).  His publications on South African literature include special focuses on poetry.

Es'kia Mphahlele was professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand and continues to contribute to literature and education at the Funda Centre (Soweto).  His distinguished career has given South African literature landmarks such as Down Second Avenue and The African Image.

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