Post-apartheid Literature

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Attridge, Derek. “Age of Bronze, State of Grace: Music and Dogs in Coetzee's Disgrace.Novel 34, no. 1 (fall 2000): 98-121.

Attridge explores J. M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace in the context of his portrayal of a post-apartheid society troubled by changing personal and social values.

Cook, Méira. “Metaphors for Suffering: Antjie Krog's Country of My Skull.Mosaic 34, no. 3 (September 2001): 73-89.

Cook discusses Antjie Krog's journalistic memoir, Country of My Skull, in terms of how post-apartheid writing can present victims' pain without appropriating their voice.

Jolly, Rosemary. “Rehearsals of Liberation: Contemporary Postcolonial Discourse and the New South Africa.” PMLA 110, no. 1 (January 1995): 17-29.

Jolly examines some of the problems inherent in applying postcolonial discourse to discussions of post-apartheid society and literature.

Mzamane, Mbulelo Vizikhungo. “From Resistance to Reconstruction: Culture and the New South Africa.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 27, no. 1 (January 1996): 11-18.

Mzamane comments on the social and cultural atmosphere in post-apartheid South Africa, concluding that, although there are signs of change, many aspects of life are still as they were during the era of apartheid.

Obee, Ruth. “From Tom-Tom Beats to Shrieks in the Night: The African Quest Hero's Search for a New Black Aesthetic.” Denver Quarterly 35, no. 4 (winter 2001): 98-116.

Obee analyses the attempts of several South African writers to create a new literary aesthetic for the post-apartheid era.

Oliphant, Andries Walter. “Fictions of Anticipation: Perspectives on Some Recent African Short Stories in English.” World Literature Today 70, no. 1 (winter 1996): 60-2.

Oliphant presents a survey of South African short stories written in English in the context of their contribution to social change in the 1990s.

Pechey, Graham. “Post-Apartheid Reason: Critical Theory in South Africa.” New Formulations 38 (summer 1999): 31-44.

Pechey discusses the critical theories of the Frankfurt School of critics as they relate to postcolonial South African literature in general, and specifically to post-apartheid writings.

Schulze-Engler, Frank. “Literature and Civil Society in South Africa.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 27, no. 1 (January 1996): 21-40.

Schulze-Engler probes the relationship between literature and society in post-apartheid South Africa and notes an evolution toward “a multiform and varied literature that explores and expands … new possibilities and displays a sensitive interface with the politics of civil society.”

Swarns, Rachel L. “Beyond Black and White: South Africa's Black Writers Explore a Free Society's Tensions.” New York Times (24 June 2002): section E, p. 2.

Swarns identifies several chief authors and themes of post-apartheid South Africa, focusing on novels by K. Sello Duiker and Phaswane Mpe.

Wertheim, Albert. “Where Do We, Where Do I, Go from Here?: Performing a New South Africa.” In The Dramatic Art of Athol Fugard, pp. 203-57. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 2000.

Wertheim examines two of Athol Fugard's plays—My Life and Valley Song—in the context of post-apartheid South African theatre.

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Criticism: Post-Apartheid Drama