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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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Notes on Contributors 1. Imke Brust is a Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Haverford College. Her dissertation, entitled “Narrating the Imagination of Unified Nations in Post-Apartheid South Africa and Post-Wall Germany” was a comparative study of South African and German literature in recent decades, as the nations have grappled with the changes unleashed by the end of apartheid in South Africa and the German reunification. Her research interests are German literature and film as well as gender and race. 2. Rajendra Chetty is the Head of Department (Research), and Faculty of Education and Social Sciences at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa. He is the editor of South African Indian writings in English (Madiba Publishers, 2002) and co-editor of Indias abroad: The diaspora writes back (STE Publishers, 2004), and Indian Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas (Peter Lang, 2010). 3. Deborah Donig is a doctoral student in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on how to tell the stories of lost, forgotten or untold (hi)stories. She is interested in the possibilities for addressing such absences ethically, and the resonance of these representations for social and ethical codes. 4. Okla Elliott is currently the Illinois Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois. His fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations have appeared such journals as Circumference, Indiana Review, New Letters, A Public Space, and Sewanee and Theological Review. He is the co- editor of The Other Chekhov. 5. Denise Handlarski is a doctoral...

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