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Black Consciousness and South Africa’s National Literature

Authors: Penfold, Tom

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  • Considers in depth developments in poetry, theatre, and political performance across nearly a fifty year period
  • Makes a timely interception into South African literary studies and shifts the paradigms in the politics/culture matrix
  • Takes a fresh look at the importance of Black Consciousness in South Africa’s past
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This book analyses Black Consciousness poetry and theatre from the 1970s through to the present. South Africa’s literature, like its history, has been beset by disagreement and contradiction, and has been consistently difficult to pin down as one, united entity. Much existing criticism on South Africa’s national literature has attempted to overcome these divisions by discussing material written from a variety of different subject positions together. This book argues that Black Consciousness desired a new South Africa where African and European cultures were valued equally, and writers could represent both as they wished. Thus, a body of literature was created that addressed a range of audiences and imagined the South African nation in different ways. This book explores Black Consciousness in order to demonstrate how South African writers have responded in various ways to the changing history and politics of their country.

About the authors

Tom Penfold is Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Birmingham, UK, in 2013. He has published widely on contemporary South African poetry and fiction. His current work compares literature in Brazil and South Africa.

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“A compelling account of the development of Black Consciousness as a cultural phenomenon, which complements and extends existing intellectual and literary histories. Ranging from BC’s 1970s heyday to its contemporary legacy, this timely study includes illuminating discussion of key Soweto Poets and their post-apartheid successors, whom Penfold strikingly dubs ‘Poets of No Sure Place’. A significant contribution to South African studies.” (Dr Peter Blair, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Chester, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Penfold, Tom

    Pages 1-16

  • The History of Black Consciousness

    Penfold, Tom

    Pages 17-40

  • Literary Journals and the Direction of the Nation

    Penfold, Tom

    Pages 41-63

  • Black Consciousness and the Soweto Poets

    Penfold, Tom

    Pages 65-90

  • Theatrical Performance in the 1980s

    Penfold, Tom

    Pages 91-111

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57940-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57939-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Black Consciousness and South Africa’s National Literature
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57940-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57940-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57939-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 149
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