oa Alternation - Avatars of Waldo

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Where South African writing has been more than the mere inertia of metropolitan discourse reproducing itself in an exotic place, its narratives have always in effect been allegories of community, strenuous efforts of memory or anticipation that contest by their own example theory's privileging of the present. This writing has since the extraordinarily prefigurative example of Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm been for a century at least the critical repository of the lost or imagined times of communities that have been formed by the galloping dynamic of bourgeois modernity to fetishize land and its ownership, space and its occupation.

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