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What is Slavery to Me? Postcolonial/Slave Memory in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Pumla Dineo Gqola : book review

Volume 58, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



In , Pumla Dineo Gqola offers a nuanced analysis of the ways in which slave memory, as well as its enduring reverberations in contemporary South Africa, resists simplistic relegation to binary categories. She approaches the subject of South African slave memories by suggesting that it is more important to differentiate between various "sources and modes of historical authority" than it is to "rigidly establish a distinction between history and memory" (p 7). While her research falls within the field of postcolonial memory studies, she incorporates a range of conceptual and theoretical tools and her book will appeal to scholars from many disciplinary backgrounds.

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