By Christopher Heywood
Christopher Heywood surveys consultant South African poems, performs and prose works in 5 literary traditions: Khoisan, Nguni-Sotho, Afrikaans, English, and Indian. Heywood's decisions comprise over a hundred authors and chosen works--covering poetry, theater and prose. Explored within the context of crises resulting in the formation of recent South Africa, South African literature emerges from this examine as one of many nice literatures of the trendy international.
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The difficulty of giving expression to the idea of a ‘rainbow nation’, enshrined in Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s The Rainbow People of God (1995), in which white and black cease from being viable categories, has provoked the characteristic South African literary blend of hope, disillusion, and despair. In the new social whirlpool, literature and its derivatives can at best amuse, console, horrify, and electrify us into moments of exuberance and despair. Literary writers and performers at work in this atmosphere include J.
He much enjoyed the thought that the Bushman stories would become known by means of books’ (Bleek, p. x). Kabbo, whose name means ‘dream’, explained the genesis of his oral performances. They appeared to him in trance-like phases of mind that enabled him to share his stories with others over a distance. He relates: ‘[I dream] that I may listen to all the people’s stories, when I visit them; that I may listen to the stories they tell . . Then I can catch their stories, which float out from a distance; and the stories float in from afar .
In this story, set in the nineteenth century, the missionary Sybrand de Smee advocates universal suffrage in South Africa. His view may be mistaken for an eccentric character’s subjective opinion. However, it turns out to represent Leipoldt’s own view. His novel offers covert resistance to moves towards the Native Representation Act which attracted protest during its formative stages in Professor Jabavu’s Criticisms of the Native Bills (1935). Leipoldt made his meaning plain in his essay ‘The Native’, his book Bushveld Doctor (1937), where he advocated the vote for all South Africans (pp.
A History of South African Literature by Christopher Heywood