English in Africa - Volume 31, Issue 1, 2004
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Volume 31, Issue 1, 2004
An Irish gentleman in Africa : the ambiguous political and cultural identity of Sir Percy FitzPatrickAuthor Andries WesselsSource: English in Africa 31, pp 5 –22 (2004)More Less
The South African writer and statesman, Sir Percy FitzPatrick, was born on 24 July 1862 of Irish parentage at King William's Town in the Cape Colony. He acquired fame in South Africa and abroad as a writer of colonial tales of exotic adventure in the Kipling or Rider Haggard mode (Cornwell, "Textual Source" 2; MacKenzie, South African Short Story 57). His most famous work is the hunting tale, Jock of the Bushveld (1907), aimed at and dedicated to "the likkle people" but something of a cult novel, regarded as a classic of South African literature.
My pen is the tongue of a skilful poet : African-Christian identity and the poetry of Nontsizi MgqwethoAuthor Duncan BrownSource: English in Africa 31, pp 23 –58 (2004)More Less
Author Ashlee LentaSource: English in Africa 31, pp 59 –75 (2004)More Less
Author Gloria CastrillonSource: English in Africa 31, pp 77 –89 (2004)More Less
Elsewhere I have argued that Bessie Head's depiction of orality in her texts is a construct that successfully achieves its desired effect: that the texts are a faithful depiction of the orality present in Serowe society. Head does not simply and straightforwardly "make her experience the experience of others" (MacKenzie 1989a, 42) in a transfer of what she sees or hears into what we read.
Re-writing the 'Slave Narrative' : Rayda Jacobs's The Slave Book and André Brink's The Rights of DesireAuthor Marita WenzelSource: English in Africa 31, pp 91 –103 (2004)More Less
The dynamics of confrontation and reconciliation operative in contemporary South African society are clearly reflected in the literature from both sides of the 'colonial divide.' They are articulated not only in the colonized/colonizer debate, but are also expressed in and relevant to female/male perspectives on history. This preoccupation with the past has been expressed in various types of literary genres or conventions, which have been reclaimed to lend emphasis and credence to the message conveyed.
Source: English in Africa 31, pp 105 –120 (2004)More Less
Since 1997 J. M. Coetzee has written and published eight short pieces of fiction in which Elizabeth Costello is the central figure. Six of these were published as separate texts in the period 1997-2003. These, plus two new 'Costello' pieces, "Eros" and "At the Gate," with the addition of "Postscript: Letter of Elizabeth, Lady Chandos," have recently appeared in volume form under the title Elizabeth Costello (2003b). The pieces gain from being published together, their commonalities and differences becoming apparent.
Author Luis R. MitrasSource: English in Africa 31, pp 121 –138 (2004)More Less
José Craveirinha, the distinguished Mozambican poet, wrote a number of long poems about 'America' between the 1950s and 70s. These poems, like so much of Craveirinha's greatest poetry, have never been collected in book form and they are generally unknown to the reading public.
Author Sope MaithufiSource: English in Africa 31, pp 139 –147 (2004)More Less
As much critical work has demonstrated, religion more generally and Christianity specifically constitute a major preoccupation in Njabulo Ndebele's collection, Fools and Other Stories. From the title of a story like "The Prophetess" to invocations of the Dutch Reformed Church as a landmark in the township of Charterston, to the character Uncle's concern with Buddhism, religion is a constant presence in the stories.
Women Writing Africa : The Southern Region, edited by M.J. Daymond, Dorothy Driver, Sheila Meintjes, Leloba Molema, Chiedza Musengezi, Margie Orford and Nobantu Rasebotsa : book reviewSource: English in Africa 31, pp 149 –152 (2004)More Less
This large anthology of southern African women's writing and transcribed orality is surely a must for all who are interested in the lives and thoughts of women of the past and present, as well as for historians and literary scholars who teach Women's Studies courses, or other courses which aim to challenge male bias in accounts of literature and past events.
Postcolonial Contraventions : Cultural Readings of Race, Imperialism and Transnationalism, Laura Chrisman : book reviewAuthor Thomas JefferySource: English in Africa 31, pp 153 –156 (2004)More Less
Laura Chrisman is the author of Colonial Discourse and Post-colonial Theory: A Reader, published in 1993, and described as the first anthology of postcolonial cultural studies to appear in print. This latest volume builds upon her earlier work and consists of Chrisman's responses to developments in the field of postcolonial studies. Among her aims are, first, to diversify the field; and secondly, to counter allegations levelled at postcolonial studies of elitism, and irrelevancy beyond the sphere of the academy. This she hopes to accomplish by emphasizing the broader contexts of anti-colonial criticism, an accomplishment she achieves with consummate skill.
Source: English in Africa 31, pp 157 –161 (2004)More Less
Liz Stanley begins her study of Olive Schreiner with the assertion that Schreiner's writings, "whether these were 'fictional' or 'factual' in character, were supremely concerned with ideas" (1). This lays out Stanley's area of interest immediately: she focuses on Schreiner as a social theorist, moving away from scholarship centring on Schreiner the woman and Schreiner the novelist. This work, then, attempts to link Stanley's interests in Women's Studies, Feminism, Biography, Sociology and History.
South African Poets on Poetry : Interviews from New Coin 1992-2001, Robert Berold (Ed.) : book reviewAuthor Chris DuntonSource: English in Africa 31, pp 163 –166 (2004)More Less
Twenty interviews with poets are collected here, including one with the book's editor. Lesego Rampolokeng appears twice, once in tandem with Ike Muila, and one of the interviews features the members of the performance poetry collective Botsotso Jesters, among whom Muila also numbers. Four of the poets are visitors to South Africa, whose comments sometimes (though not invariably) bear in interesting ways on those of their South African colleagues: see, for instance, Nathan Zack, from Israel, on the values of the pluralistic society and the problematic nature of consensus (87).
Making Use of History in New South African Fiction : Historical Perspectives in Three Post-Apartheid Novels, Sten Pultz Moslund : book reviewAuthor Craig McLuckieSource: English in Africa 31, pp 167 –171 (2004)More Less
Sten Moslund has written a generally lucid and informative account of representative South African fiction that adheres to a three-part holistic examination of the terrain. The novels represent "the strands of realism, postmodernism and magical realism in conjunction with an elucidation ofhistory as the past, [the] present and the future" (126, n6).