n English in Africa - Introduction : Lewis Nkosi's way with words
|Article Title||Introduction : Lewis Nkosi's way with words|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||English in Africa|
|Affiliations||1 McGill University, Canada and 2 University of the Witwatersrand|
|Publication Date||Oct 2012|
|Pages||9 - 13|
When Lewis Nkosi died on the 5th of September 2010, his reputation as one of South Africa's great literary figures was already cemented. Obituaries in The Guardian (UK), the Sunday Times (ZA), The Sunday Independent, and several other newspapers combined the warmth of personal remembrances with fulsome appreciations of his literary range and extraordinary achievements. Two posthumous doctorates - awarded by the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Durban Institute of Technology - followed in due course. A veteran of the 1950s generation of Drum journalists, Nkosi emerged in the 1960s as one of the most important critics and theorists of the relatively new field of African literary studies, and he continued to help shape debates on issues like realism, African language writing, and post-modernism over the next forty years.
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