The Columbia Guide to South African literature in English since 1945
Published by Unisa Press
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.