Journal of Literary Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 1-2, June

A Gesture of Defiance: Selected Texts by Black South African Women Writers
Summary The emergence of a tradition of autobiographical writing by Black South African women accentuates the contributions of an alternative, matrilineal line of heroes and women writers to an alternative history of the country. In shaping their...
Alternative Modernities in African Literatures and Cultures
C'est l'Afrique ton Afrique qui repousse Qui repousse patiemment obstinement Et dont les fruits ont peu a peu L'amere saveur de la liberte. (1) ("Afrique", David Diop) The quarrel about the nature and value of modernity and its alternatives has...
A Method to Her Madness: Bessie Head's A Question of Power as South African National Allegory
Summary Bessie Head's A Question of Power (1974), is often thought to be her most personal and least political novel. Read through the lens of Fredric Jameson's concept of "national allegory", though, the novel takes a whole new shape. In Jameson's...
A Proper Conversation: Some Reflections on the Role of Psychoanalysis in Literary Study in South Africa
Summary This paper asks: what are the epistemological and broader political implications of the employment of psychoanalytic theories in literary studies in South Africa? In the implicit endorsement of psychoanalytic theories of the subject in...
A Town Called Nobody: Violence, Nationalism, and Witch-Burning
Summary A decade ago, when South Africa was undergoing dramatic political, cultural, and social changes, newspapers began to print stories on a curious phenomenon--the burning of so-called witches in rural areas. Although this trend had probably...
Marecheran Postmodernism: Mocking the Bad Joke of "African Modernity"
Summary This discussion begins by setting up a critique of the modernisation project of the West as closely entwined with territorial expansionism and the development of racial arrogance--with reference to a range of theorists. The role of modernism...
To Be or Not to Be Modern?
Summary Contemporary French philosophers typically characterise modern Western thought as an egocentric assimilation of the Other by the Self, Similar to Western thought's reductive relationship towards alterity, the relationship between Europe...
What Has Modernity to Do with It?: Camouflaging Race in the "New" South Africa
Summary This article explores the place of alternative modernities in the tentatively "new" South Africa. Premised upon Paul Gilroy's theoretical deconstruction of "race" and "nation" in the "black Atlantic", the arguments presented will underscore...
Zoe Wicomb Interviewed on Writing and Nation
Writing and Living in Empire S: Modernity is intimately connected to certain notions of empire, the novel, history, truth, and race we would like to discuss. You live in Scotland, what is sometimes called the first English colony. Your writing,...
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