n English in Africa - This late place : Stephen Watson (1954-2011), poet, essayist, critic and scholar

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Stephen Watson, who died in April last year, leaves an immediate impression on two generations of South African literary culture. His contributions as a poet and essayist cannot yet be disentangled from his force as a scholar, critic, teacher, mentor and arbiter. It is too soon to witness him in parts, in other words, and that, for as long as it lasts, is a happy thing. The reduction of a life into parts and reputations, into several, is one of the saddest of death's disintegrations.

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