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Black Consciousness and South Africa's National Literature.

Author: Tom Penfold
Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2017.
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?A compelling account of the development of Black Consciousness as a cultural phenomenon, which complements and extends existing intellectual and literary histories. Ranging from BC's 1970s heyday to its contemporary legacy, this timely study includes illuminating discussion of key Soweto Poets and their post-apartheid successors, whom Penfold strikingly dubs 'Poets of No Sure Place'. A significant contribution to  Read more...
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Penfold, Tom.
Black Consciousness and South Africa's National Literature.
Cham : Springer International Publishing, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Penfold
ISBN: 9783319579405 3319579401
OCLC Number: 1007082252
Description: 1 online resource (155 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Contents --
Abbreviations --
Chapter 1 Introduction --
Abstract --
1.1 Histories of South African National Literature --
1.2 National Malleability and Hybridity --
1.3 The Stages to Realisation --
References --
Chapter 2 The History of Black Consciousness --
Abstract --
2.1 The Rise of Black Consciousness --
2.2 The Binary of Black Consciousness --
2.3 Culture, Politics, Psychology? --
2.4 Black Consciousnessâ#x80;#x99;s Influences --
2.5 The End of Black Consciousness? --
References Chapter 3 Literary Journals and the Direction of the NationAbstract --
3.1 The Three Phases of the Classic --
3.2 Ravan Press and Staffrider --
3.3 Culture in the Medu Arts Ensemble Newsletter --
3.4 A Changing Direction --
References --
Chapter 4 Black Consciousness and the Soweto Poets --
Abstract --
4.1 The Question of Language --
4.2 Allowing Dialogue --
4.3 The Rise of Anti-Poetics --
4.4 Voices from the Past --
4.5 The Longer Form and the Future --
References --
Chapter 5 Theatrical Performance in the 1980s --
Abstract 5.1 Trade Union Politics and Poetry5.2 Worker Theatre --
5.3 The Peopleâ#x80;#x99;s Poet --
5.4 Performance and Space --
5.5 Changes in Black Theatre --
5.6 A New Reality? --
References --
Chapter 6 The Poets of No Sure Place --
Abstract --
6.1 Literature in the New South Africa --
6.2 Publishing and Criticism --
6.3 Poetry of No Sure Place --
6.4 Identity and Blackness --
6.5 Physicality and Dreaming --
6.6 Unspeakable New Imaginings --
References --
Chapter 7 Continued Imaginings --
Abstract --
7.1 Reaching a New Nation 7.2 South Africa Today7.3 South Africa Tomorrow --
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?A compelling account of the development of Black Consciousness as a cultural phenomenon, which complements and extends existing intellectual and literary histories. Ranging from BC's 1970s heyday to its contemporary legacy, this timely study includes illuminating discussion of key Soweto Poets and their post-apartheid successors, whom Penfold strikingly dubs 'Poets of No Sure Place'. A significant contribution to South African studies.? --Dr Peter Blair, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Chester, UK This book analyses Black Consciousness poetry and theatre from the 1970s through to the present. South Africa's literature, like its history, has been beset by disagreement and contradiction, and has been consistently difficult to pin down as one, united entity. Much existing criticism on South Africa's national literature has attempted to overcome these divisions by discussing material written from a variety of different subject positions together. This book argues that Black Consciousness desired a new South Africa where African and European cultures were valued equally, and writers could represent both as they wished. Thus, a body of literature was created that addressed a range of audiences and imagined the South African nation in different ways. This book explores Black Consciousness in order to demonstrate how South African writers have responded in various ways to the changing history and politics of their country.

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