Rewriting Modernity: Studies in Black South African Literary History by David AttwellRewriting Modernity: Studies in Black South African Literary History by David Attwell

Rewriting Modernity: Studies in Black South African Literary History

byDavid Attwell

Hardcover | October 18, 2006

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Rewriting Modernity: Studies in Black South African Literary History connects the black literary archive in South Africa—from the nineteenth-century writing of Tiyo Soga to Zakes Mda in the twenty-first century—to international postcolonial studies via the theory of transculturation, a position adapted from the Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz. David Attwell provides a welcome complication of the linear black literary history—literature as a reflection of the process of political emancipation—that is so often presented. He focuses on cultural transactions in a series of key moments and argues that black writers in South Africa have used print culture to map themselves onto modernity as contemporary subjects, to negotiate, counteract, reinvent, and recast their positioning within colonialism, apartheid, and the context of democracy.
David Attwell is Chair of Modern Literature (postcolonial studies) in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, United Kingdom. His previous work includes Doubling the Point: Essays and Interviews and J. M. Coetzee: South Africa and the Politics of Writing.
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Title:Rewriting Modernity: Studies in Black South African Literary HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:October 18, 2006Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821417118

ISBN - 13:9780821417119

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“For those of us who often teach aspects of South African literature, this is the book we have been waiting for.”— Zakes Mda, author of The Whale Caller