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Title:The four modes of Drum: popular fiction and social control in South Africa
Author:Dodson, Don
Year:1974
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:17
Issue:2
Period:September
Pages:317-343
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:press
protest
literary journals
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/523636
Abstract:While foreign readers have nurtured South African protest writing, censors at home have tried to root it out of the market (Suppression of Communism Act of 1950; Publications and Entertainments Act of 1963). The author who writes for a mass audience within South Africa must choose other modes of artistic response to oppression. What are these modes? Drum, the most popular magazine in Africa for non-whites, provides some answers. An analysis of Drum for the five years from May 1960 to April 1965 illuminates four modes of response to oppression in South African popular fiction: 1) humor, 2) irony, 3) realism, 4) romance. Ref., notes, summary.
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