Print, text and book cultures in South Africa /

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Imprint:Johannesburg : Witwatersrand University Press, 2012.
Description:476 p. ; 24 cm
Subject:South African literature -- History and criticism.
South African literature -- Publishing.
Books and reading -- South Africa.
Publishers and publishing -- South Africa.
Books and reading.
Publishers and publishing.
South African literature.
South Africa.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Van der Vlies, Andrew, 1974-
9781868145935 (ebook)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references.
Summary:"Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa is a field-defining contribution to the country\2019s literary scholarship. Andrew van der Vlies\2019s introductory essay maps the conceptual terrain in a systematic and engaging way, illustrating its relevance to South Africa\2019s literary and cultural history. The essays that follow demonstrate the archival richness and liveliness of the field, while opening doors to future research. Beyond South Africa, the book will be exemplary in showing how book histories develop under postcolonial conditions"--Back cover.
Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgements
  • 3.1. Deneys Reitz and Imperial Co-option
  • 3.2. "Consequential Changes": Daphne Rooke's Mittee in America and South Africa
  • 3.3. Oprah's Paton, or South Africa and the Globalisation of Suffering
  • 4. Three Ways of Looking at Coetzee
  • 4.1. In (or From) the Heart of the Country: Local and Global Lives of Coetzee's Anti-pastoral
  • 4.2. Under Local Eyes: The South African Publishing Context of J. M. Coetzee's Foe
  • 4.3. Limber: The Flexibilities of Post-Nobel Coetzee
  • 5. Questions of the Archive and the Uses of Books
  • 5.1. Colin Rae's Malaboch: The Power of the Book in the (Mis)Representation of Kgalu¿i Sekete Mmalebôhô
  • 5.2. "Send Your Books on Active Service": The Books for Troops Scheme during the Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Abbreviations and acronyms
  • 5.3. From The Origin of Language to a Language of Origin: A Prologue to the Grey Collection
  • 6. Orature, Image, Text
  • 6.1. The Image of the Book in Xhosa Oral Poetry
  • 6.2. Written Out, Writing In: Orature in the South African Literary Canon
  • 6.3. Not Western: Race, Reading and the South African Photocomic
  • 7. Ideological Exigencies and the Fates of Books
  • 7.1. The Politics of Obscenity: Lady Chatterley's Lover and the Apartheid State
  • 7.2. "Deeply Racist, Superior and Patronising": South African Literature Education and the "Gordimer Incident"
  • 7.3. eBegging the Questions: Producing Shakespeare for Post-apartheid South African Schools
  • 8. New Directions
  • 1. Introductory
  • 8.1. The Rise of the Surface: Emerging Questions for Reading and Criticism in South Africa
  • 8.2. Sailing a Smaller Ship: Publishing Art Books in South Africa
  • 8.3. The University as Publisher: Towards a History of South African University Presses
  • Contributors
  • Index
  • 1.1. Print, Text and Books in South Africa
  • 2. Print Cultures and Colonial Public Spheres
  • 2.1. Metonymies of Lead: Bullets, Type and Print Culture in South African Missionary Colonialism
  • 2.2. "Spread Far and Wide over the Surface of the Earth": Evangelical Reading Formations and the Rise of a Transnational Public Sphere: The Case of the Cape Town Ladies' Bible Association
  • 2.3. Textual Circuits and Intimate Relations: A Community of Letters across the Indian Ocean
  • 3. Local/Global: South African Writing and Global Imaginaries