Postcolonial African Literature Criticism: Ideology And Theory - Essay

Nicholas Visser (essay date 1997)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Visser, Nicholas. “Postcoloniality of a Special Type: Theory and Its Appropriations in South Africa.” Yearbook of English Studies: The Politics of Postcolonial Criticism 27 (1997): 79-94.

[In the following essay, Visser expounds on the development of postcolonial theories in South Africa in response to the abolition of apartheid, comparing current trends in postcolonial theory to a previously articulated theory called “Colonialism of a Special Type” (CST) and cautions against adopting a theory of definition that would in effect repeat the shortcomings of CST, thus limiting a true revitalization of South African literary and cultural practices.]


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Laura Moss (essay date autumn 2000)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Moss, Laura. “‘The Plague of Normality’: Reconfiguring Realism in Postcolonial Theory.” Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies 5, no. 1 (autumn 2000): available at (

[In the following essay, Moss argues that despite widespread critical expectations that realistic novels tend to reinforce conservative ideology and that thus, they are not a suitable format for resistance narratives, the realistic format in novel-writing is a feasible form of social and political interaction in a postcolonial context.]

In his exploration of contemporary realism Dennis Walder exclaims that “despite recent attempts to...

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