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Title:Recuperating the San
Editor:Tomaselli, KeyanISNI
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies (ISSN 0256-0046)
Geographic term:South Africa
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcrc20/9/2
Abstract:The 'new' South Africa has recuperated a different, affirmative image of the San, in comparison to the negative, prejudiced, representation of 'bushmen' previously popularized by pro-apartheid media. The new image projects the San as the bridge between the past and the future. The trend is visible across a number of textual genres: a mystical, Jungian representation is found in film narratives, TV, literature, TV documentaries and magazines, PR and advertising, tourist brochures, popular photo essays, etc. There has also been an explosion of books on San rock art. The papers in this issue of 'Critical Arts' deal with this recuperation of the San. An introduction by Keyan Tomaselli is followed by contributions on images and imaginations in South African iconography (Edwin N. Wilmsen); the Bushmen exhibit at the 1936 Empire Exhibition (Robert J. Gordon), the aesthetic in San art (Anne Solomon), recuperating 'bushman' in the 'new South Africa' (Stuart Douglas), and oral literature of the /Xam Bushmen (Duncan Brown). The issue also contains review essays and a review of books on the San published since 1990.