African Histories and Modernities

South African Autobiography as Subjective History

Making Concessions to the Past

Authors: Englund, Lena

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  • Explores the representation of South Africa’s socio-political realities in contemporary autobiographical texts
  • Incorporates a broad range of memoirs, published largely since 2009
  • Investigates the concept of belonging in relation to South Africa’s complex colonial and apartheid-era history
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This book examines 21st-century South African autobiographical writing that addresses the nation’s socio-political realities, both past and present. The texts in focus represent and depict a South Africa caught in the midst of contradictory and competing images of the ‘Rainbow Nation’. Arguing that recent memoirs question and criticize the illusion of a united nation, the study shows how these texts reveal the flaws and shortcomings not only of the apartheid past but of contemporary South Africa. It encompasses a broad range of autobiographical works, largely published since 2009, that engage with South Africa’s past, present and future. At its centre is the quest for space and belonging, and this book investigates who can comfortably ‘belong’ in South Africa in its post-apartheid, post-Truth and Reconciliation, post-Mbkei and post-Zuma state.

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Lena Englund is a university researcher in the Department of Finnish Language and Cultural Research, University of Eastern Finland. Her research interests include southern African literature and life writing.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
South African Autobiography as Subjective History
Book Subtitle
Making Concessions to the Past
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-83232-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-83232-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-83231-5
Series ISSN
2634-5773
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 214
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