1887

oa Alternation - Mandela's Ego: a 'Cock' and 'Bull' story

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757

 

Abstract

Mandela's Ego (2006), Nkosi says, developed from a fantastical ideal, which is, of course, why it is a novel, in a certain sense of the word anyway. It can be seen against what Lewis Nkosi has said about writing by black South Africans in English, namely, that ... its [writing by black South Africans in English] formal insufficiencies, its disappointing breadline asceticism and prim disapproval of irony, and its well-known predilection for what Lukacs called 'petty realism, the trivially detailed painting of local colour' ... can be seen to be a result, in part, of a claustrophobia related to ... internal colonialism from which, it is hoped, a post-apartheid condition will set it free (1998:77).Whereas this line of inquiry into black South African writing in English has become all too familiar, albeit its credentials remain contested, what is a more urgent question today is whether the hope of the freedom to experiment (with irony and fantastical tales, for instance) post-apartheid has been realised in the recent literature by black South African writers, including Nkosi's Mandela's Ego as a case in point.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/alt/15/2/AJA10231757_423
2008-01-01
2019-10-23

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error