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Trauma, Resistance, Reconstruction in Post-1994 South African Writing

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Edited By Jaspal K. Singh and Rajendra Chetty

The re-conceptualization of South Africa as a democracy in 1994 has influenced the production and reception of texts in this nation and around the globe. The literature emerging after 1994 provides a vision for reconciling the fragmented past produced by the brutality of apartheid policies and consequently shifting social relations from a traumatized past to a reconstructed future. The purpose of the essays in this anthology is to explore, within the literary imagination and cultural production of a post-apartheid nation and its people, how the trauma and violence of the past are reconciled through textual strategies. What role does memory play for the remembering subject working through the trauma of a violent past?

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Acknowledgments vii

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Acknowledgments The editors wish to thank the contributors for their generosity in sharing their essays for this project on trauma and reconciliation in South African writings post-1994. It is your willingness to offer submissions that greatly encouraged us and your rigorous scholarship that made the publication of this edition of critical essays possible. The articles in this collection have been blind reviewed by peers in the academe. Each essay was reviewed by two independent reviewers. We should like to note our gratitude to our colleagues in the field of postcolonial writings who so graciously accepted to referee the essays and for their suggestions for revisions to the contributors. Special thanks to Maria Zamora, the general editor of Postcolonial Studies for including this anthology in the series. Rajendra Chetty wishes to acknowledge the generous grant from the South African National Research Foundation for his sabbatical and Jaspal Singh acknowledges the contributions made by Northern Michigan University towards her scholarship of research.

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