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
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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