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The Cambridge History of South African Literature

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David Attwell, Derek Attridge, Hedley Twidle, Russell H. Kaschula, Nhlanhla Maake, Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Manie Groenewald, Mokgale Makgopa, Malvern van Wyk Smith, Carli Coetzee, Ian Glenn, Matthew Shum, Catherine Woeber, Laura Chrisman, Elleke Boehmer, H. P. van Coller, Bhekizizwe Peterson, Gerrit Olivier, Ntongela Masilela, Tony Voss, Craig MacKenzie, Dorothy Driver, Tlhalo Raditlhalo, Hein Willemse, Louise Viljoen, Peter Blair, Thengani H. Ngwenya, Peter Horn, Daniel Roux, Loren Kruger, Dirk Klopper, Christiaan Swanepoel, Stephen Clingman, Rita Barnard, Michael Titlestad, Andrew van der Vlies, M. J. Daymond, Andries Visagie, Leon de Kock, Meg Samuelson, Michael Green, Peter D. McDonald, David Johnson
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  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521199285

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  • South Africa's unique history has produced literatures in many languages, in both oral and written forms, reflecting the diversity in the cultural histories and experiences of its people. The Cambridge History offers a comprehensive, multi-authored history of South African literature in all eleven official languages (and more minor ones) of the country, produced by a team of over forty international experts, including contributors from all of the major regions and language groups of South Africa. It will provide a complete portrait of South Africa's literary production, organized as a chronological history from the oral traditions existing before colonial settlement, to the post-apartheid revision of the past. In a field marked by controversy, this volume is more fully representative than any existing account of South Africa's literary history. It will make a unique contribution to Commonwealth, international and postcolonial studies and serve as a definitive reference work for decades to come.

    • A comprehensive history of South African literature from the beginnings to the present
    • Deals with literature in all South Africa's languages, both oral and written
    • Will enable readers to gain a picture of the totality of South Africa's literary history
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    "David Attwell and Derek Attridge have waded into these troubled waters as editors of the Cambridge History of South African Literature. Fully aware of the pitfalls lurking below the surface, they jettisoned the monological or monofocal approach used in the histories of Kannemeyer and Chapman to opt for a multi-authored dialogical approach. Forty-three researchers from all literatures in South Africa contributed to the publication. In this approach the editors heeded the Belgian comparative literary scholar Albert Gérard, who as early as 1975, in a paper read at the University of South Africa, advised that a comprehensive history of South African literatures should be undertaken by means of a multilingual team approach."
    --LitNet

    "...the identification of both the wellsprings and curvature of South African literature, likened to an archipelago--a constructed land or sea mass distinct in its unity and formation--make the collection a valuable resource."
    --Choice

    "The aim of The Cambridge History of South African Literature is to provide a comprehensive picture of South African literature from its beginnings to the present in all nine South African languages. To this end, the text is purposefully multilingual and multivoiced in its effort to create a common South African identity through the medium of literature. The uniqueness of the text lies in the breadth of the topics discussed by a wide range of scholars in the field."
    --Research in African Literatures

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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521199285
    • length: 896 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.53kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction David Attwell and Derek Attridge
    Part I. Oratures, Oral Histories, Origins:
    1. 'The Bushmen's Letters': |Xam narratives of the Bleek and Lloyd Collection and their afterlives Hedley Twidle
    2. A contextual analysis of Xhosa iimbongi and their izibongo Russell H. Kaschula
    3. I sing of the woes of my travels: the lifela of Lesotho Nhlanhla Maake
    4. Praise, politics, performance: from Zulu izibongo to the Zionists Mbongiseni Buthelezi
    5. IsiNdebele, siSwati, Northern Sotho, Tshivenda and Xitsonga oral culture Manie Groenewald and Mokgale Makgopa
    Part II. Exploration, Early Modernity and Enlightenment at the Cape, 1488–1820:
    6. Shades of Adamastor: the legacy of The Lusiads Malvern van Wyk Smith
    7. In the archive: records of the Dutch settlement and the contemporary novel Carli Coetzee
    8. Eighteenth-century natural history, travel writing and South African literary historiography Ian Glenn
    Part III. Empire, Resistance and National Beginnings, 1820–1910:
    9. Writing settlement and empire: the Cape after 1820 Matthew Shum
    10. The mission presses and the rise of black journalism Catherine Woeber
    11. The imperial romance Laura Chrisman
    12. Perspectives on the South African War Elleke Boehmer
    13. The beginnings of Afrikaans literature H. P. van Coller
    Part IV. Modernism and Trans-National Culture, 1910–1948:
    14. Black writers and the historical novel:
    1907–1948 Bhekizizwe Peterson
    15. The Dertigers and the plaasroman: two brief perspectives on Afrikaans literature Gerrit Olivier
    16. New African modernity and the New African movement Ntongela Masilela
    17. Refracted modernisms: Roy Campbell, Herbert Dhlomo, N. P. van Wyk Louw Tony Voss
    18. The metropolitan and local: Douglas Blackburn, Pauline Smith, William Plomer and Herman Charles Bosman Craig MacKenzie
    Part V. Apartheid and Its Aftermath, 1948–the Present:
    19. The Fabulous Fifties: short fiction in English Dorothy Driver
    20. Writing in exile Tlhalo Raditlhalo
    21. Afrikaans literature 1948–1976 Hein Willemse
    22. Afrikaans literature after 1976: resistances and repositionings Louise Viljoen
    23. The liberal tradition in fiction Peter Blair
    24. Black Consciousness poetry: writing against apartheid Thengani H. Ngwenya
    25. Popular forms and the United Democratic Front Peter Horn
    26. Writing the prison Daniel Roux
    27. Theatre: regulation, resistance and recovery Loren Kruger
    28. The lyric poem during and after apartheid Dirk Klopper
    29. Writing and publication in African languages since 1948 Christiaan Swanepoel
    30. Writing the interregnum: literature and the demise of apartheid Stephen Clingman
    31. Rewriting the nation Rita Barnard
    32. Writing the city after apartheid Michael Titlestad
    Part VI. South African Literature: Continuities and Contrasts:
    33. South Africa in the global imaginary Andrew van der Vlies
    34. Confession and autobiography M. J. Daymond and Andries Visagie
    35. 'A change of tongue': questions of translation Leon de Kock
    36. Writing women Meg Samuelson
    37. The 'experimental line' in fiction Michael Green
    38. The book in South Africa Peter D. McDonald
    39. Literary and cultural criticism in South Africa David Johnson
    Index.

  • Editors

    David Attwell, University of York
    David Attwell is Professor of English at the University of York.

    Derek Attridge, University of York
    Derek Attridge is Professor of English at the University of York.

    Contributors

    David Attwell, Derek Attridge, Hedley Twidle, Russell H. Kaschula, Nhlanhla Maake, Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Manie Groenewald, Mokgale Makgopa, Malvern van Wyk Smith, Carli Coetzee, Ian Glenn, Matthew Shum, Catherine Woeber, Laura Chrisman, Elleke Boehmer, H. P. van Coller, Bhekizizwe Peterson, Gerrit Olivier, Ntongela Masilela, Tony Voss, Craig MacKenzie, Dorothy Driver, Tlhalo Raditlhalo, Hein Willemse, Louise Viljoen, Peter Blair, Thengani H. Ngwenya, Peter Horn, Daniel Roux, Loren Kruger, Dirk Klopper, Christiaan Swanepoel, Stephen Clingman, Rita Barnard, Michael Titlestad, Andrew van der Vlies, M. J. Daymond, Andries Visagie, Leon de Kock, Meg Samuelson, Michael Green, Peter D. McDonald, David Johnson

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