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Author Van der Vlies, Andrew, 1974- author

Title Present imperfect : contemporary South African writing / Andrew van der Vlies
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents Cover; Present Imperfect: Contemporary South African Writing; Copyright; Dedication; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction: No Time Like the Present; No-time and now-time; BAD FEELINGS AND HOPEFUL ORIENTATIONS; HISTORY, TRAGEDY, AND BLOCKED FUTURITY; OPEN ENDINGS, CLOSE READINGS; 1: On Being Stuck: Stasis and Situation Tragedy; Accidental attachments; A still life, still alive; ̀New Era ́waiting; Situation vacant: on tragedy; 2: Bad Feelings in the Provinces of History; ̀̀̀In no mood ́́to take positions:́ autrebiography, affectlessness, apatheia, acedia
Double Negative: memory, referentiality, relationality5: South Africa, Time or Place?; Queering the national family; Cosmopolitanism and cultural translation; On Intertextuality and responsibility; On intertextuality and return to the pays natal; Fiction as home-from-̀home;́ 6: Stasis Anxiety: On Contemporary Waithood; Black fictions of the present; Down and out in Newlands and Observatory; Stasis as Civil War; Anxiety, Repetition, Prophecy; Endnotes; NOTES TO PREFACE; NOTES TO INTRODUCTION; NOTES TO CHAPTER 1; NOTES TO CHAPTER 2; NOTES TO CHAPTER 3; NOTES TO CHAPTER 4; NOTES TO CHAPTER 5
NOTES TO CHAPTER 6Bibliography; Archival Sources; Digital Resources; Published Sources; Index
Portraits of the alienated artist manquéThe forestalled Bildungsroman; Politics in the provinces (I): the nonposition; Politics in the provinces (II): on irony; 3: Temporal Adoption, Novelistic Prosthesis; Prologue: Ideology and the archive; Adoption and cultural competency; Apartheid cyborgs and retentional prostheses; Provincial literatures and the temporality of ̀World Literature ́in English; 4: Towards a Critical Nostalgia; Monumentalism, memorialization, and nostalgia; Angels of history; Walking backwards into the future; Sceptical salvage
Summary This work asks how a selection of South African writers have responded to the period since the end of apartheid
Notes This edition previously issued in print: 2017
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Specialized
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on April 20, 2017)
Subject South African literature -- History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Littérature sud-africaine -- Histoire et critique.
Postapartheid -- Afrique du Sud.
South African literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191835552 (electronic bk.)
0192512536 (electronic bk.)
9780191835551 (electronic bk.)
9780192512536 (electronic bk.)