oa Alternation - Postcolonial discourse and African Language Literary studies in South Africa

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The impetus for this article is the painful realisation that, other than Barber's and Swanepoel's recent articles, there seems to exist no substantial body of critical texts which cover cogently the pertinent relationship between the recently flourishing postcolonial discourse and the existing corpus of African language literatures. The advent and consequent development of postcoloniality as a theoretical, methodological and political term, especially after the unmourned passing of grand apartheid and the subsequent (inter)nationally celebrated interment, have generated and enlivened numerous, acrimonious debates on the appropriateness and applicability of the label to South African literary studies.

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