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Author Lange, Margreet de.

Title The muzzled muse : literature and censorship in South Africa / Margreet de Lange
Published Amsterdam [The Netherlands] ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., [1997]
©1997
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 181 pages)
Series Utrecht publications in general and comparative literature, 0167-8175 ; v. 32
Utrecht publications in general and comparative literature ; v. 32. 0167-8175
Contents THE MUZZLED MUSE; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Acknowledgements; Table of Contents; Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1. South Africa and Censorship; Chapter 2. The Application of the Publications Act; Chapter 3 Censorship and Afrikaans Literature; Chapter 4. Afrikaans Authors and Censorship; Chapter 5. Censorship and White English Literature; Chapter 6. English Authors and Censorship; Chapter 7. Censorship and Black Literature in English; Chapter 8. Black Authors and Censorship; Chapter 9. Censorship in a Democratic South Africa; Conclusion; References; Index
Summary A critical assessment of literature produced under censorship needs to take into account that the strategies of the censors are answered by strategies of the writers and the readers. To recognize self-censoring strategies in writing, it is necessary to know the specific restrictions of the censorship regime in question. In South Africa under apartheid all writers were confronted with the question of how to respond to the pressure of censorship. This confrontation took a different form however, depending on what group the writer belonged to and what language he/she used. By looking at white writers writing in Afrikaans and white and black writers writing in English, this book gives the impact of censorship on South African literature a comparative examination which it has not received before. The book considers works by J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Andre Brink, and others less known to readers outside South Africa like Karel Schoeman, Louis Kruger, Christopher Hope, Miriam Tlali and Mtutuzeli Matshoba. It treats the censorship laws of the apartheid regime as well as, in the final chapter, the new law of the Mandela government which shows some surprising similarities to its predecessor
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-178) and index
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Subject Afrikaans literature -- History and criticism.
Censorship -- South Africa.
Comparative literature -- Afrikaans and English
Comparative literature -- English and Afrikaans
Comparative literature.
South African literature (English) -- Black authors -- History and criticism.
South African literature (English) -- White authors -- History and criticism.
South Africa -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 97006145
ISBN 9027298009 (electronic bk.)
9789027298003 (electronic bk.)