Journal of Literary Studies

Journal of Literary Studies is a magazine specializing in Literature topics.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 2, June

A "Translated" Discipline: English as Intercultural Communication
Teaching at the beginning of the new millennium implies understanding and accepting the major shifts that have taken place within the traditional liberal arts disciplines in relation to the complex needs of today's variegated life in society; this...
Filipendula Literaria: Applied Literary Studies
Although all students of English literature harbour the illusion that they are engaged in "literary studies", this fortunate circumstance does little to help us when we wish to understand the scope and nature of "literary studies" as a formal discipline...
Identities in Transition: The 1990 High Court Case and Unity Dow's the Heavens May Fall
The argument in this article is that Unity Dow's court case of 1990 over citizenship laws in Botswana, as well as her fourth novel, The Heavens May Fall, deals with and exemplifies the concept of identities-in-transition or as a matter of becoming....
"Image, Music, Text": Elvis Presley as a Postmodern, Semiotic Construct
... Elvis was one of the most photogenic individuals who ever lived .... In the intervening years since 1995 [first edition] the man's image has remained indelible and his home has been named a national landmark. (Sullivan [1995]2007: 9) Terms...
Introduction
This collection of articles is the fourth to incorporate reworked papers from the International Conference on the Humanities in Southern Africa held in late June 2008 (see EAR 26(1&2) 2009; EAR 27(1) 2010; & JLS 26(2) 2010). Assisted by my...
Narrative (De)construction: Mr Coetzee, in the Basement, with the Quill: A Discussion of Authorial Complicity in J.M. Coetzee's Foe
"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?" "To the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime." "The dog did nothing in the night-time." "That was the curious incident." (1) (Doyle 1960: 145) An introduction...
Right before Writing
1 Right before Writing 1.1 Why Creative Writing is Important A decade ago, the Department of Arts and Culture formulated an objective of "stimulation and development of South African culture and identity through the development of writing, literary...
Secular Blackness in Zoe Wicomb's Short Stories
The South African short stories of the seventies and eighties such as Njabulo Ndebele, (1) Mandla Langa, and Bheki Maseko's explore the sense of racial negation by privileging journeys via memory to the apartheid that is being negotiated. (2) In these...
The Case of Coetzee: South African Literary Criticism, 1990 to Today
I spent much of the 1990s writing up the book Southern African Literatures (2003: 1996). As a result, I lost touch with the state of our criticism as reflected in academic journals pertinent to the field. Several months ago I began a systematic reading...
The Koodoo on Our Kar(r)oo: Reclaiming and Editing Our Literary Heritage
As this year marks the 125th anniversary of the first publication of Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm (1883), it is appropriate to commemorate this event. What I propose to do is to give a brief summary of what I conceive to be its importance...
"Van Daai Plek": David Kramer, "Die Ballade Van Koos Sas", and the Ground of Being
In the mid-1970s David Kramer started his musical career on a predominantly English folk circuit, yet by the time he recorded his first album, "Bakgat!", in 1980 he had become committed to working predominantly in Afrikaans, and to moving away from...