n English in Africa - Introduction : Lewis Nkosi's way with words

Volume 39, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



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 (UK), the (ZA), , 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 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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