oa Alternation - Interrogating the Interrogators: A Reply to Coullie and Gibbon

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



I am glad to see that Coullie and Gibbon agree with me on certain fundamental principles: 'that South African universities' curricula should reflect (and reflect on) their South Africanness and Africanness' (p. 15), 'that ""traditional EngLit"" should be dethroned' (p. 19) from its position of supremacy in South African university English programmes-in other words, that university literature study in South Africa, as in other parts of Africa, should be decolonised. We seem to share at least one common ideological position: an insistence that further curricular reform is needed so that South African undergraduate and postgraduate students will gain greater access to their own national literary heritage. We all believe in destabilising the status quo.

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