Edited By Jean Bessière and Gerald Gillespie
Caught in Complex Webs: World Literature – a South African Perspective
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World Literature – a South African Perspective
North-West University, South Africa
In 2013 the world mourned with South Africa the passing away of Nelson Mandela. In all probability political events like the transition to democracy after Apartheid and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the extraordinary moral authority of Nelson Mandela have had a much stronger effect on the view of South Africa in the global imaginary than writers and literature. Though South Africa no longer can be regarded as a moral example, Mandela’s death is an opportunity to reflect on the state of the South African nation in its many facets – including the state of its literature and the implications its literature might have for world literature.
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