n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - So near, and yet so far
Invitation to a voyage : French-language poetry of the Indian Ocean African Islands, Stephen Gray (Ed.) : book review

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



The South African literary, intellectual and cultural scenes would be a lot poorer without Stephen Gray. How can one describe him? Perhaps as a "hands-on" scholar. It is he who long since pointed out the deplorable lack of archival research among local English-language literary scholars; it is he who tried to make good some of the deficit with his meticulous sifting of all the evidence he could find (and his extensive travels to find it) in the case of, say, Beatrice Hastings or Herman Charles Bosman; and it is he who in this book takes us into the reaches of the Francophone islands off our East coast to sample its rich store of poetry.

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