literary criticism

 
The many voices of South Africa's past
The many voices of South Africa's past
In the 1970s the great Belgian literary historian Albert Gérard called for a multilingual -- that is to say, properly national -- literary history...
Naivity, novelty and the writer's art
Naivity, novelty and the writer's art
The Possessed Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman (Granta) ...
Giant in the making
Giant in the making
I must hasten to declare that this is the most difficult piece I ever had to write. How can one write about Kabelo Sello Duiker without a mixture...
South African literature's perfect storm
South African literature's perfect storm
Discussion has been raging over the past few weeks in the Afrikaans press and on Litnet about Media24 newspapers' decision to discard the books...
Looking for shapes in the clouds
Looking for shapes in the clouds
In his masterly (and amusing) contribution to the debate about 'literary standards” in these pages, Leon de Kock evoked a highway metaphor for...
Why rage is inevitable
Why rage is inevitable
One of the things I'm teaching at Stellenbosch University is a new honours course that I call contemporary literary practice. A subset of this...

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