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The Columbia Guide to South African literature in English since 1945

Published by Unisa Press
reprint edition authorized by the original publisher

Author:

Gareth Cornwell, Dirk Klopper & Craig MacKenzie

Editor:

Lindsey Morton

Published:

2011

ISBN:

978-1-86888-664-7

Number of pages:

266

Prices:

South Africa: R200 (incl VAT) | Africa: R216 | USD: $ 35| GBP: 21| Euro: 27

Contact:

Laetitia Theart: Thearl@unisa.ac.za

 

About the book

This guide captures the pulsating diversity of South African literature in English since 1945 in a single volume, with a strong range of entries, richness of detail and critical sophistication. With some 400 entries on post-1945 writers, and a particular emphasis on writers emerging in the last 20 years or so, it is both comprehensive and concise on major writers and themes, and provides key background information on major historical and cultural events.

The introduction provides a context for the entries, which include emerging writers, major post-1945 writers, and detailed subject entries. An appendix on some 30 essential pre-1945 writers ensures that the literary history is presented in a balanced way. The guide concludes with an extensive bibliography including primary works, critical literature, and anthologies, as  well  as  a  detailed  index.From Afrika to Zwi, with Baderoon, Coovadia, and Duiker in between not to mention Essop, Fugard, Galgut, Head, Jensma, Kozain, La Guma, Magona, Ndebele, Oliphant, Paton, Rampolokeng, Slovo, Themba, Uys, Vladislavić, Wicomb, Zadok... this is the indispensible guide  to  South  African  literature  in  English.

Gareth Cornwell is professor of English at Rhodes University and has published on American, British, and South African literatures.

Dirk Klopper is professor of English at Rhodes University and is currently working on land, kinship, and history in South African travel writing, natural history, and narrative fiction.
Craig MacKenzie is professor of English at the University of Johannesburg and the author and  editor  of  several  books  on  South  African  literature.

Contents

Preface
vii
Chronology
ix
South African Literature in English Since 1945: Long Walk to Ordinariness
1
Part One
Authors AZ
43
Part Two
Writers Before 1945
203
Bibliography
227
Index
243