n English in Africa - White women writing white : identity and representation in (post-) Apartheid literatures of South Africa, Mary West : review

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Mary West's monograph is a well-argued, scholarly and broad-ranging exploration of whiteness "as a cultural construct in contemporary white women's writing" in South Africa (3). It is a valuable addition to the relatively new field of 'whiteness studies' - an inter-disciplinary field that is framed by debates within postcolonial and postmodern theory - and follows Melissa Steyn's seminal "Whiteness Just Isn't What It Used to Be" : White Identity in a Changing South Africa.

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