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Category: Literary Studies: General|
The author of the book: Sam Durrant
Edition: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Date of issue: 28 Feb 2017
Format files: Epub, PDF
The size of the: 525 KB
City - Country: London, United Kingdom
Full description of the book Postapartheid Narratives : Reconciliation and its Discontents:This book explores the ways in which postapartheid literature reinvents South African mourning traditions. During the apartheid era, politics exerted a particular pressure on both funerary practices and on literature, both of which were instrumentalised as weapons in the struggle: just as funerals were turned into mass political protests, literature was pressed into service as protest literature. In the postapartheid era, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1996-99) continued to press mourning into political service, particularly through the Human Rights Violations hearings in which private losses were mourned in public and immediately subsumed within a national narrative of forgiveness and reconciliation. Despite calls for PDF the recovery of artistic freedom and literary autonomy, literature has also been subject to political pressure; writers have been expected to follow the TRC's lead and produce a literature of national reconciliation. While a literature of reconciliation might appear to allow for more imaginative possibilities than protest literature, it is still driven by a particular politics of memory. Durrant explores the ways in which postapartheid literature has acceded to and/or resisted this politics of memory and asks what literary resistance might mean in a postapartheid context. Is it the task of literature to produce a counter ePub-politics of memory, or is it rather to resist the demands of the political per se, to refuse to be instrumentalised in any cause?
About the author Sam DurrantSam Durrant is a Lecturer in English at the University of Leeds.
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