Stephen Watson (essay date May 1982)
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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