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The Resource Present imperfect : contemporary South African writing, Andrew van der Vlies

Present imperfect : contemporary South African writing, Andrew van der Vlies

Label
Present imperfect : contemporary South African writing
Title
Present imperfect
Title remainder
contemporary South African writing
Statement of responsibility
Andrew van der Vlies
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Present Imperfect asks how South African writers have responded to the end of apartheid, to the hopes that attended the birth of the 'new' nation in 1994, and to the inevitable disappointments that have followed. The first full-length study of affect in South Africa's literature, it understands 'disappointment' both as a description of bad feeling and as naming a missed appointment with all that was promised by the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid Struggle (a dis-appointment). Attending to contemporary writers' treatment of temporality, genre, and form, it considers a range of negative feelings that are also experiences of temporal disjuncture--including stasis, impasse, boredom, disaffection, and nostalgia. Present Imperfect offers close readings of work by a range of writers--some known to international Anglophone readers including J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Ivan Vladislavic, and Zoe Wicomb, some slightly less well-known including Afrikaans-language novelists Marlene van Niekerk and Ingrid Winterbach, and others from a new generation including Songeziwe Mahlangu and Masande Ntshanga. The book addresses key questions in South African studies about the evolving character of the historical period in which the country now finds itself. It is also alert to wider critical and theoretical conversations, looking outward to make a case for the place of South African writing in global conversations, and mobilizing readings of writing marked in various ways as 'South African' in order to complicate the contours of World Literature as category, discipline, and pedagogy. It is thus also a book about the discontents of neoliberalism, the political energies of reading, and the fates of literature in our troubled present."--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
ERASA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Van der Vlies, Andrew
Dewey number
960
Index
index present
LC call number
PR9359.6
LC item number
.V36 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • South African literature
  • Post-apartheid era
  • Post-apartheid era
  • South African literature
  • Africa, Southern
  • Literatur
  • Englisch
  • Enttäuschung
  • Südafrika
  • Littérature sud-africaine
  • Postapartheid
Label
Present imperfect : contemporary South African writing, Andrew van der Vlies
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-236) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
974863387
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 245 pages
Isbn
9780198793762
Lccn
2016958127
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)974863387
Label
Present imperfect : contemporary South African writing, Andrew van der Vlies
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-236) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
974863387
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 245 pages
Isbn
9780198793762
Lccn
2016958127
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)974863387

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