n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Giving a voice to women's lives
The closest of strangers : South African women's life writing, Judith Lütge Coullie, ed. : book review

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



Well-established in the field of life writing, Judith Coullie here presents a truly wide-ranging collection of extracts from existing self-representational texts by South African women, set within the parameters of 20th century South African history. The book contains three useful, though rather blurry, maps (South Africa in the 1890?s, mid-1990's, and the Bantustans), a general introduction, followed by nine chronologically arranged and themed sections containing a cull of narratives (52 in total, some written autobiographies, some oral transcriptions) of women from diverse walks of life. There is, unfortunately, no concluding chapter, leaving it entirely up to the reader to draw conclusions retrospectively.

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