oa Alternation - Literary prospects in 'post-apartheid' South Africa

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In his 'Jerusalem Prize Acceptance Speech' of 1987 J.M. Coetzee (1992:99) lamented: South African literature is a literature in bondage, as it reveals itself in even its highest moments shot through as they are with feelings of homelessness and yearnings for a nameless liberation. It is a less than fully human literature, unnaturally preoccupied with power and torsions of power unable to move from elementary relations of contestation, domination, and subjugation to the vast and complex human world that lies beyond them. It is exactly the kind of literature you would expect people to write from a prison.

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