11 February 1990, South Africa: Apartheid and After

Louise Bethlehe

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651863 | DOI:
11 February 1990, South Africa: Apartheid and After

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This chapter looks at South African literature, and the making and marketing of Nelson Mandela as the definitive icon of the ‘new’ South Africa, studying South African literature in English, the canonical authors under apartheid and the presentation of a South African writer. It looks at the frequent use of corpses and bodies in South African literature, before ending with a discussion on the shifts and continuities of literature in the post-apartheid era.

Keywords: South African literature; Nelson Mandela; canonical authors; apartheid; South African writer; corpses; post-apartheid era; continuities

Chapter.  5694 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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