The Columbia guide to South African literature in English since 1945 /

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Author / Creator:Cornwell, Gareth.
Imprint:New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
Description:1 online resource (xiv, 251 pages)
Series:The Columbia guides to literature since 1945
Columbia guides to literature since 1945.
Subject:South African literature (English) -- Dictionaries.
Authors, South African -- 20th century -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Authors, South African.
South African literature (English)
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
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Other authors / contributors:Klopper, Dirk.
MacKenzie, Craig, 1960-
Digital file characteristics:text file PDF
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:From the outset, South Africa's history has been marked by division and conflict along racial and ethnic lines. From 1948 until 1994, this division was formalized in the National Party's policy of apartheid. Because apartheid intruded on every aspect of private and public life, South African literature was preoccupied with the politics of race and social engineering. Since the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990, South Africa has been a new nation-in-the-making, inspired by a nonracial idealism yet beset by poverty and violence. South African writers have responded in v.
Other form:Print version: Cornwell, Gareth. Columbia guide to South African literature in English since 1945. New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010 9780231130462
Standard no.:10.7312/corn13046
Publisher's no.:EB00662231 Recorded Books
Review by Choice Review

The latest addition to Columbia's impressive series of guides to African literatures since 1945 focuses on South Africa. This guide by Cornwell and Klopper (both, Rhodes Univ.), and MacKenzie (Univ. of Johannesburg) covers authors and some broad topics (biography, prison literature, short story). The introductory chapter is a lengthy essay that captures the literary history of South Africa. Entries are arranged alphabetically. An additional section covers authors who were active prior to 1945, including creative writers, journalists, and historians who were born in or emigrated to South Africa. The volume includes a time line. Entries are unsigned and range in length from 100 to 3,000 words. Other guides in the series include A. Roscoe's Central African Literature (CH, Apr'08, 45-4210), O. Owomoyela's West African Literature, (CH, Apr'09, 46-4269), and S. Gikandi and E. Mwangi's East African Literature (CH, Aug'08, 45-6500). Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. E. A. Blakesley Washington State University

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