oa Alternation - B.W. Vilakazi: the poet as inspired prophet

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In the wake of revisionist approaches to South African literary history evident in the recently published books and journal articles on South African literary history, perhaps the time has come for a re-appraisal of the achievements and significance of those black writers who, for socio-political and ideological reasons, were relegated to a marginal position in relation to the English-dominated South African literary establishment. C.F. Swanepoe!'s (1996:20) comments on the peripheral status of African-language literature(s) alert us to the urgency of reviewing the underpinning assumptions of Southern African literary historiography:

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