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Black Writers from South Africa By Jane Watts

Black Writers from South Africa by Jane Watts

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This critical study examines the history and development of black writing in South Africa, analyzing the problems such writers encounter with the restrictions of apartheid and censorship. Emphasis is placed on the autobiographical form and its relationship with the struggle for liberation.

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Part 1 The case for a new approach: the problems of the writer - material conditions, apartheid, censorship, the question of African tradition, the lack of literary tradition, problem of consciousness; attempts to find solutions towards a new ideology of literature - a time of change - from protest to consciousness, a time for action - from consciousness to participation, a time for experiment - new attitudes to form, language, production and distribution; criticism and black South African writing - black writing and literary theory, theories of artistic consciousness and socio-historical criticism. Part 2 Criticism as autobiography - the construction of a framework - Ezekiel Mphahlele: the west versus Africa; negritude; American black writing; the African tradition; Mphahlele and the Black Consciousness Movement; the influence of Marxist cultural theory. Part 3 Autobiography: a question of function - autobiography as a self-making process, the autobiographer as spokesman, autobiography as outlet for racial violence, humour as a defence mechanism, nostalgia and exile, bearing witness; the South African struggle with form - fragmented reality, restructuring reality, towards orthodox significant form, autobiography as novel - the hybrid form, life entire as autobiographical form. Part 4 Poetry as autobiography - Mongane Serote: individual development; historical consciousness; formal resolution; from individual development to group consciousness. Part 5 Autobiography and the literature of combat: the early protest novels; from liberation to liberation - the novel in the 1980s, Miriam Tlali - "Amandla", Sipho Sepamla - "A Ride on the Whirlwind", Mbulelo Mzamane - "The Children of Soweto", Mongane Serote - "To Every Birth its Blood".

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Black Writers from South Africa by Jane Watts
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