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Title:Contemporary South African literature
Editors:Foley, Andrew
Marais, MichaelISNI
Periodical:The English Academy Review (ISSN 1753-5360)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:youth literature
literary education
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/racr20/18/1
Abstract:In the opening article of this issue devoted to contemporary South African literature Michael Marais discusses the exploration in J.M. Coetzee's 'The Lives of Animals' (1999) and 'Disgrace' (1999) of the (im)possibility of ethical action. The concern with ethics, and more particularly nonhuman animal rights, also comes to the fore in Wendy Woodward's ecological-feminist approach to an examination of the relations between humans and other animals in the poetry of Ruth Miller. More generally, Michael Chapman suggests a new perspective on South African poetry by drawing parallels between poetry in South Africa and the countries of Eastern Europe under communism. Two of the contributors - Felicity Wood and Elaine Young - concentrate on the short stories of Ivan Vladislavic. Shaun Viljoen brings together the work of two Coloured writers, Richard Rive and K. Sello Duiker, contending that the ideal of true nonracialism remains as unrealized today, as Duiker suggests, as Rive showed it to be at the height of apartheid. Mike Kissack argues in favour of liberalism as the value base for literary education in South Africa in his response to the recent debate over the selection of literary texts for South African schools. Geoffrey Haresnape's review article discusses the work of two short-story writers, Peter Horn and Gertrud Strauss. The issue also includes an interview with André Brink and the text of the English Academy Baneshik Memorial Lecture by Elwyn Jenkins on the growth of a national South African children's literature in English.