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Author McDonald, Peter D.

Title The literature police : apartheid censorship and its cultural consequences / Peter D. McDonald
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 416 pages) : illustrations
Contents Censors -- Publishers -- Writers -- Nadine Gordimer and the strength of the African novel -- Afrikan versus Volks humanism: Es'kia Mphahlele's worldly music and the transcendent space of culture -- Connected versus internal critics:Breytenbach, Leroux, and the Volk avant-garde -- BLAC books, black (anti- )poetics -- J.M. Coetzee: the provincial storyteller -- Protest and beyond: third world people's stories in the Staffrider series
Summary "Peter D. McDonald brings to light a wealth of new evidence - from the once secret archives of the censorship bureaucracy, from the records of resistance publishers and writers' groups both in the country and abroad - and uses extensive oral testimony. He tells the strangely tangled stories of censorship and literature in apartheid South Africa and, in the process, uncovers an extraordinarily complex web of cultural connections linking Europe and Africa, East and West." "The Literature Police affords a unique perspective on one of the most anachronistic, exploitative, and racist modern states of the post-war era, and on some of the many forms of cultural resistance it inspired. It also raises urgent questions about how we understand the category of the literary in today's globalized, intercultural world."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-399) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Apartheid -- South Africa.
Censorship -- South Africa -- History.
South African literature -- Censorship.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191557846 (electronic bk.)
0199283346 (hbk.)
9780191557842 (electronic bk.)
9780199283347 (hbk.)