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Apartheid and BeyondSouth African Writers and the Politics of Place$
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Rita Barnard

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112863

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112863.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Apartheid and Beyond

Rita Barnard

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This book is established, in the first instance, as an input to the study of South African literature of the period between 1948 and 2000—the period of the National Party's political domination, as well as the first few years of the country's democracy. In general terms, this project may be pointed out as an effort to elucidate the effect of apartheid on literary and cultural production through readings of a number of significant writers: J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Athol Fugard, Miriam Tlali, and Zakes Mda. Specifically, this chapter elaborates the cultural and political importance of certain key places, including the farm, the white suburban home, the black township, the shack settlement, and the theater, from the perspective of theoretical work on the interconnections between spatial relations, systems of power, and ideological and generic forms. It will manifest in these chapters that the author was not merely interested in questions of setting, but also in the place of the text.

Keywords:   apartheid, South Africa, spatial relations, ideological forms, generic forms, power systems, National Party

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