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Author / Creator:Chapman, Michael (Michael J. F.) 1945-
Imprint:London ; New York : Longman, 1996.
Description:xxix, 533 p.
Series:Longman literature in English series.
Subject:Southern African literature -- History and criticism.
Southern African literature.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Map of Southern Africa
  • Countries of Southern Africa
  • A Note on Racial Terminology, Orthography and Conventions
  • A Note on Translated Works
  • Abbreviations/Acronyms
  • Introduction: Writing Literary History in Southern Africa
  • Part 1. Oral Tradition: A Usable Past
  • Introduction to Part One
  • Chapter 1. Bushman (San) Songs and Stories
  • Recovering voices: the Bleek and Lloyd Collection
  • Mood Songs. !Kaha of the Kalahari
  • Creation myths, folk-tales, testimonies. [double vertical line]Kabbo's story
  • Bushman projects, Khoi projects. Draghoender's lament
  • Chapter 2. African (Bantu) Songs, Stories, Praises
  • Separatist church songs. The 'Kamuzu' songs of Malawi
  • Proverbs, orations, creation myths, folk-tales. Lydia umkaSetemba's recitations
  • An 'African' aesthetic: a chief is a chief by the people
  • The praise poem: a usable past? Shaka's court to the trade-union rally
  • Part 2. Writing of European Settlement: South Africa 1652-1910
  • Introduction to Part Two
  • Chapter 1. Images of Africa, 1652-1820
  • Adamastor and the savage land
  • Dutch records and Afrikaner identity
  • British occupation. Barrow's travels, Lady Anne Barnard's letters
  • Chapter 2. The Story of Frontier, 1820s-1870s
  • Settler opinion, trekker opinion. The periodical press
  • Pringle's African Sketches (1834)
  • The 1820s and the liberal tradition
  • The Xhosa legacy from Ntsikana to Mandela
  • Chapter 3. Anglicisation and the Afrikaans Language Movements, 1875-1930
  • Popular sentiment. Du Toit, Preller, Langenhoven
  • Literary sensibility. Marais, Leipoldt, Totius
  • Chapter 4. The Story of the Colony. Fiction, 1880-
  • The heart of darkness from Rider Haggard to Wilbur Smith
  • Schreiner's colonial crisis
  • Blackburn's Bulalie comes to Joburg
  • Part 3. African or Colonial Literature: 1880s to 1960s
  • Introduction to Part Three
  • Chapter 1. The Colonial Past in the Independent State
  • Ethnography and journalism in the Portuguese colonies
  • African-language literature in the British colonies
  • Rhodesian, Counter-Rhodesian, Zimbabwean Fiction. Cripps. Lessing. Samkange
  • The Mambo Book of Zimbabwean Verse in English. Constructing a Tradition
  • Chapter 2. Belonging and Belief in South Africa, 1910-1948. Europe and Africa
  • From segregation to apartheid
  • Black's satire: the popular white voice
  • High art and social responsibility. Campbell. Plomer. Van der Post
  • Tales of rural communities. Smith. Bosman. The plaasroman
  • Afrikaans, a literary language. Poetry from Van Wyk Louw to Opperman
  • Chapter 3. Belonging and Belief in South Africa, 1910-1948. Africa and Europe
  • Ubuntu. The case of Mqhayi
  • The early African literary elite. Popular alternatives. Plaatje. Mofolo. Jordan. Shembe. The Lucky Stars
  • The 'new African' and the old story: H. I. E. Dhlomo. Vilakazi. Noni Jabavu
  • Chapter 4. Identity and the Apartheid State, 1948-1970
  • Retribalising the Bantu. The Freedom Charter
  • Poetry and liberal sensibility. Butler. Miller. Clouts
  • Novels against apartheid. Abrahams. Paton
  • Seeking a perspective. Jacobson. Early Gordimer
  • Drum magazine and stories of city experience. Themba. Mphahlele. King Kong
  • Black autobiography. Modisane. Mphahlele
  • The silent decade. Sestigers. Brutus, La Guma and exile. Political testimony
  • Part 4. Commissioned by the Nation, Commissioned by the Society. Independence, Post-Independence
  • Introduction to Part Four
  • Chapter 1. Malawi and Zambia: The Writer in the One-party State
  • Banda and Kaunda
  • Zambian humanism. Stories and journalism
  • Zambian theatre. Dissent and development
  • Malawian writers, censorship and the 'university' style. Poetry from Rubadiri to Mapanje
  • Malawi's popular voice
  • Chapter 2. Angola and Mozambique. National Ideals and Pragmatic Realities
  • The generation of the 1950s. Neto, Jacinto, Craveirinha, de Sousa, and others
  • Poetry of combat, 1960-1975
  • Storytelling and local speech. Vieira to Couto
  • Chapter 3. Zimbabwe: the Unified Nation or the Functioning Society?
  • Rhodesia and Zimbabwe
  • Chimurenga songs
  • The legacy of war. Mungoshi, Marechera, Zimunya
  • 'Remaking the world'. Hove, Chinodya, Dangarembga
  • Theatre and the public sphere
  • The Mugabe government
  • Chapter 4. Namibia: Making a Literature
  • The 'wild south-west' of colonial imagination
  • Namibian voices from Witbooi to Diescho
  • Part 5. Writing in the Interregnum: South Africa, 1970-1995
  • Introduction to Part Five
  • Chapter 1. Black Consciousness and White Africans
  • New black poetry. Mtshali, Serote, Sepamla, Gwala
  • Biko and Turner: recasting the white state
  • Poetry by white Africans. Livingstone, Breytenbach and others
  • Chapter 2. The Black Theatre Model. Towards an Aesthetic of South African Theatre
  • Black Consciousness and the popular play
  • Minority and majority theatre. The performing arts councils to the worker play
  • Mda and Fugard. Literary playwrights and the black theatre model
  • Sarafina!: the seriousness of popular response
  • Chapter 3. The Story of Community: A Resilient Tradition
  • Seeking a community in Staffrider
  • Matshoba: the storyteller as teacher
  • Stories of the collective and isolated self. Tlali, Kuzwayo, Gordimer, Aucamp, Ndebele and others
  • Bessie Head: the telling of unexceptional tales
  • Chapter 4. The Truth of Fiction and the Fiction of Truth: Writing Novels in the Interregnum
  • Gordimer, Coetzee and Soweto novels
  • Anxieties of influence and journalistic demands. Ebersohn, Schoeman, Joubert, Miles, Stockenstrom and others
  • Brink: the internationalism of the Afrikaner rebel
  • The novel in a state of emergency
  • Chapter 5. The State of Emergency, the New South Africa
  • Historical memory and the 'apartheid era'
  • Poetry and prose in the 1980s: the high word to the low mimetic. Cronin, Krog, Black Afrikaans poets, Goosen
  • Criticism and local challenges: The indigenised intellectual. Feminism. Children's literature
  • The liberated zone: politics and polemics
  • Southern African Literatures: literary history and civil society
  • Part 6. Further References
  • Chronology
  • Literature and Historical/Cultural Events in Southern Africa
  • General Bibliographies
  • i). Bibliographies, dictionaries
  • ii). Descriptive, thematic, critical, theoretical surveys
  • iii). Fiction
  • iv). Poetry
  • v). Drama
  • vi). Scholarly journals
  • Individual Authors--notes on biography, works and criticism
  • Index