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A History of South African Literature

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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521153782

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  • Christopher Heywood surveys representative South African poems, plays and prose works in five literary traditions: Khoisan, Nguni-Sotho, Afrikaans, English, and Indian. Heywood's selections include over 100 authors and selected works--covering poetry, theater and prose. Explored in the context of crises leading to the formation of modern South Africa, South African literature emerges from this study as one of the great literatures of the modern world.

    • A very comprehensive one-volume history of South African literature in all its languages, encompassing works from all the communities in the country, both written and oral
    • Covers over 100 writers and their works in their social and historical contexts
    • An essential work for students and scholars of African and comparative literature; those unfamiliar with South African literature will discover one of the great literatures of the world
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "South Africa's rich and complex history comes to life in this comprehensive impressive authority...the sheer variety of style and form that Heywood encompasses in his criticism is extraordinary." - Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521153782
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Literary map of South Africa
    1. Introduction: communities and rites of passage
    Part I. Towards Sharpeville:
    2. Poetry before Sharpeville: singing, protest, writing
    3. Theatre before Fugard
    4. Prose classics: Schreiner to Mofolo
    5. Fiction of resistance and protest: Bosman to Mphahlele
    Part II. Transformation:
    6. Poetry after Sharpeville
    7. Theatre: Fugard to Mda
    8. Novels and stories after 1960
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Christopher Heywood, University of Sheffield

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