oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Academic freedom vs. Afrikaner nationalism: the case of H.P. Lamot's War,Wine and Women (1932)

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



Works of fiction occasionally alter the course of history, as observers of the so-called ""Lamont case"" which shook the University of Pretoria and gained international attention discovered in 1932. Public furore over the inclusion of certain derogatory remarks about Afrikaners in the dialogue of War, wine and women, a quasi-autobiographical novel of more than 500 pages about the First World War, drove its British author, Henry Parkyn Lamont, from his post as senior lecturer in French at the University of Pretoria and precipitated the termination of that institution's policy of bilingualism with English and Afrikaans enjoying equal status as media of instruction.

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