oa Alternation - Writing South Africa

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



This collection consists of essays, interviews and position papers not published before, with the exception of Albie Sachs' well-known 1989 intervention and an interview with Serote. According to the editors, the contents are intent on exploring the relationship between art and politics in South Africa. They approach issues relating to the writer's responsibility, the interrelationship between class, gender and racial identities and representations in literature, the relationship between aesthetics and ethics, and questions of form and language. In addition, the specificity of the country's literary traditions, and their relationship to wider African and metropolitan traditions, is under scrutiny; underpinned with examinations of the usefulness of designations of 'modernism', post-modernism' and 'post-coloniality' to an understanding of the field. These are of course, all crucial concerns for anyone trying to comprehend the complexity and diversity of our literary and cultural practices.

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