Criticism: Anti-Apartheid Literature And The Liberal Tradition - Essay

Stephen Watson (essay date May 1982)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Watson, Stephen. “Cry, the Beloved Country and the Failure of Liberal Vision.” English in Africa 9, no. 1 (May 1982): 29-44.

[In the following essay, Watson examines the liberal vision articulated by Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country, contending that the novel reveals a tension between Christian liberalism and materialism and that Paton's failure to address these ideological conflicts weakens the work and dates the author's contribution to anti-apartheid literature.]

In any discussion of Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) it is important to note that the writer grew up in an era before South African racial politics had...

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Peter F. Alexander (essay date June 1989)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Alexander, Peter F. “An Archetypal Anti-Apartheid Novel: The Writing of Turbott Wolfe.Durham University Journal 81, no. 2 (June 1989): 281-87.

[In the following essay, Alexander suggests that William Plomer's novel Turbott Wolfe, which caused an antipathetic reaction among its white readership when it was first published in 1925, was prescient in its anti-segregationist attitudes and paved the way for such anti-apartheid novels as Doris Lessing's The Grass Is Singing, Alan Paton's Too Late the Phalarope, Nadine Gordimer's Occasion for Loving, and the first Afrikaans novel to be banned in South Africa, André Brink's Kennis van die Aand...

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David Medalie (essay date October 1998)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Medalie, David. 'A Corridor Shut at Both Ends': Admonition and Impasse in Van der Post's In a Province and Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country.English in Africa 25, no. 2 (October 1998): 93-110.

[In the following essay, Medalie compares Laurens van der Post's In a Province and Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country, two novels that attack apartheid from a liberal, white perspective.]

Laurens van der Post's In a Province (1934) and Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) are both Jim-Goes-to-Jo'burg stories: the many differences between the two novels notwithstanding, the basic pattern of the unsophisticated young...

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Ode Ogede (essay date December 2000)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Ogede, Ode. “An Early Image of Apartheid and Post-Apartheid Society: Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm.Journal of African Cultural Studies 13, no. 2 (December 2000): 251-56.

[In the following essay, Ogede argues that Schreiner's 1883 novel anticipates a tradition of African protest writing that includes the works of Bessie Head, Alex La Guma, and Nadine Gordimer, and that therefore Schreiner should be considered an anti-apartheid writer.]

If we had to identify one work which indubitably envisaged the collapse of apartheid long before it made any sense to entertain such an idea, it would be The Story of an African Farm, an...

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