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sa_literatureLaura Chrisman, ‘Southern African Literatures will become an enduring point of reference, a book scholars will not easily be able to ignore, even when they want to...it is a book loaded with potential controversy from first sentence to last.' 

Leon de Kock, English in Africa 

‘...certainly a major breakthrough in our knowledge of the region's literature and culture.' 
 
Virgil Nemoianu, The Comparatist 

‘Chapman's book is an impressive feat of scholarship...a lucid, graciously written and affirmative account.' 

Current Writing

‘The doubts I have expressed about Chapman's history will not distract from its significance.  It is the first, brave, contemporary attempt at documenting the impossible in one book, in one story.'

Ampie Coetzee, Alternation 

‘Chapman is showing other critics new ways of writing literary history.'

John McLeod, English 

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 the storytelling of stone-age Bushmen to modern writing by renowned figures such as Es'kia Mphahlele, Nadine Gordimer and André Brink, encompassing traditional, popular and elite writing;  literature in translation;  and case studies based on topical issues.

Michael Chapman argues that literary history in the southern African region is best based on a comparative method which, while respecting differences of language, race and social circumstance, seeks cultural interchange including ‘translations' of experience across linguistic and ethnic borders.  Instead of perpetuating division, the study examines points of common reference, as it asks what makes a literary culture.  Who are to be regarded as major and minor authors?  What are the strengths and limitations of local and international perspectives?  Should literature in today's southern Africa be confined to the art forms of poems, plays and fiction?  The author seeks to answer these questions - vital to all literary discussion - in the volatile context of recent southern African history, in a style accessible to the general reader.

The study is republished with a revised Preface, in which the author considers the sometimes heated debates that accompanied the book's initial appearance.

Southern African Literatures, in 2000, was awarded the premier Bill Venter Prize for academic literature in South Africa.

 

Longman Group Limited, 1996

University of Natal Press

2003

  ISBN 1-86914-028-1

‘Chapman's book is an impressive feat of scholarship...a lucid, graciously written and affirmative account.'

Laura Chrisman, Current Writing

 ‘The doubts I have expressed about Chapman's history will not distract from its significance.  It is the first, brave, contemporary attempt at documenting the impossible in one book, in one story.'

Ampie Coetzee, Alternation

‘Chapman is showing other critics new ways of writing literary history.'

John McLeod, English

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 the storytelling of stone-age Bushmen to modern writing by renowned figures such as Es'kia Mphahlele, Nadine Gordimer and André Brink, encompassing traditional, popular and elite writing;  literature in translation;  and case studies based on topical issues.

Michael Chapman argues that literary history in the southern African region is best based on a comparative method which, while respecting differences of language, race and social circumstance, seeks cultural interchange including ‘translations' of experience across linguistic and ethnic borders.  Instead of perpetuating division, the study examines points of common reference, as it asks what makes a literary culture.  Who are to be regarded as major and minor authors?  What are the strengths and limitations of local and international perspectives?  Should literature in today's southern Africa be confined to the art forms of poems, plays and fiction?  The author seeks to answer these questions - vital to all literary discussion - in the volatile context of recent southern African history, in a style accessible to the general reader.

The study is republished with a revised Preface, in which the author considers the sometimes heated debates that accompanied the book's initial appearance.

Southern African Literatures, in 2000, was awarded the premier Bill Venter Prize for academic literature in South Africa.

Longman Group Limited, 1996 University of Natal Press 2003

 ISBN 1-86914-028-1

 
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