Unisa Press

Still At Large

Author: Chris Thurman
Published: October 13, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-86888-842-9
Number of pages: 508
Prices: R 380 | $ 35 | £ 27 | € 29
This book is not available in electronic format

About the book

Writing about the arts in South Africa is a tricky proposition. Trying to keep up with the country’s politics is a fool’s errand. Yet these are the twin tasks set before Chris Thurman moonlighting as an arts critic and occasional socio-political commentator. In this book, the many frontiers between art and politics are made explicit. When reading its ‘dispatches’ – grouped thematically and framed by introductory letters – context is key. A week is a long time in politics; the twists and turns in the South African and global current affairs create an intriguing dialogue between the columns, polemics, essays and reviews collected here. Still at Large presents itself as an historical barometer or thermometer, indicating the pressure and heat of particular moments in time. Along the way, in a voice shifting from the journalistic to the academic and from chatty to critical, Thurman plays various roles: guide, provocateur, companion, campaigner, raconteur, castigator, confidant and teacher. He may not be a consistent correspondent, but he is good company. 

Table of content

  1. Media/Mediation, Fame/Infamy
  2. Not being Mandela
  3. I am an African (What is an African?)
  4. Life and Art under Zuma: Recollections and Predictions
  5. Left Wing?
  6. Meta–
  7. I Know My History Damn Well
  8. Sport and the Nation
  9. Nature Tutors Art
  10. Les Philosophes
  11. Yesterday’s Theatre Today
  12. Out-thinking Apartheid
  13. Art and the Corporation
  14. Screen Writing
  15. Not Exactly on Photography
  16. Beyond the Colonial Cringe
  17. Re-orientation
  18. Making Heavy Weather of ‘Lite’ Theatre
  19. Festival Notebook
  20. The Year That Never Should Have Been