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Time and Alterity in South African Writing

André Brink, J.M. Coetzee, and Zakes Mda Revisited

by Paulina Grzęda (Author)
Monographs 326 Pages
Series: Modernity in Question , Volume 18

Summary

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust us all into a warped, disjointed ‘coronatime,’ which has both uncontrollably accelerated, and interminably decelerated, or got frozen. Just like the pandemic, this book provides a chance to reevaluate neoliberalism’s temporal regimes of growth, decline, deceleration and acceleration. South Africa and its contemporary literature are a perfect background against which to think about temporality experimentally. Focusing on three South African authors, André Brink, J.M. Coetzee and Zakes Mda, the book examines contemporary South African revisioning of time and alterity. Through some of the previously unexplored texts, it studies what living in a post-conflict, post-revolutionary and highly traumatized society entails for one’s perception of time and otherness.

Details

Pages
326
ISBN (PDF)
9783631864371
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631864531
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631864548
ISBN (Book)
9783631863343
Language
English
Publication date
2021 (October)
Tags
Temporalities Otherness Alter(nat)ing Temporalities Post-apartheid Literature Postcolonial Trauma Post-crisis
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2021. 326 pp.

Biographical notes

Paulina Grzęda (Author)

Paulina Grzęda is Assistant Professor at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland. She researches alternative perceptions of time in postcolonial cultures (with a special focus on Africa), historiography, cultural perceptions of otherness, representations of trauma in film and literature, as well as links between literature and psychotherapy. She is also a certified coach and an inquisitive traveller.

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