The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945
From the outset, South Africa's history has been marked by
division and conflict along racial and ethnic lines. From 1948
until 1994, this division was formalized in the National Party's
policy of apartheid. Because apartheid intruded on every aspect of
private and public life, South African literature was preoccupied
with the politics of race and social engineering.
Since the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990, South
Africa has been a new nation-in-the-making, inspired by a nonracial
idealism yet beset by poverty and violence. South African writers
have responded in various ways to Njabulo Ndebele's call to
"rediscover the ordinary." The result has been a kaleidoscope of
texts in which evolving cultural forms and modes of identity are
rearticulated and explored.
An invaluable guide for general readers as well as scholars of
African literary history, this comprehensive text celebrates the
multiple traditions and exciting future of the South African voice.
Although the South African Constitution of 1994 recognizes no fewer
than eleven official languages, English has remained the country's
literary lingua franca. This book offers a narrative overview of
South African literary production in English from 1945 to the
postapartheid present. An introduction identifies the most
interesting and noteworthy writing from the period. Alphabetical
entries provide accurate and objective information on genres and
writers. An appendix lists essential authors published before
Subjects: Language & Literature, History
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