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Rewriting Modernity: Studies in Black South African Literary History
by David Attwell
Ohio University Press, 2000
eISBN: 978-0-8214-4231-9 | Paper: 978-0-8214-1712-6 | Cloth: 978-0-8214-1711-9
Library of Congress Classification PL8014.S6A88 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.8968

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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.


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