Journal of Literary Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, July

Crossing the Kala Pani: Cause for "Celebration" or "Commemoration" 150 Years on? Portrayals of Indenture in Recent South African Writing
Summary In 2010, the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first indentured labourers from India brought across the Indian Ocean--the kala pani--on the SS Truro in 1860, was marked in a variety of ways by the descendants of those original pioneers....
Deconstructing Utopia in Science Fiction: Irony and the Resituation of the Subject in Iain M. Banks's the Player of Games
Summary Utopian formulations, in some form or another, formed the basis of science fiction (SF) at its inception and can be said to still lie at the root of most SF texts. Nevertheless, as Cad Freedman (2000: 62) points out, "today the dominant...
Editorial note/Redaksionele Nota
1 Review Section The editors of JLS/TLW have decided to replace the review section with a review essay section and announcements of new books, thereby achieving two objectives. Firstly, we hope to provide authors with the opportunity of developing...
Having Their Say: Engaging with Contemporary Picture Books at Work and at Play
Summary Can picture books offer something of value to readers who might otherwise encounter difficulties with texts not published in their home language? It is suggested in this article that picture books, particularly those which engage readers...
Imagining Post-2000 Zimbabwean Perceptions of Land and Notions on Identifies in Catherine Buckle's African Tears: The Zimbabwe Land Invasions
Summary The novel African Tears: The Zimbabwe Land Invasions (2002a) describes the traumatic experiences that the author, Catherine Buckle, a white owner of Stow Commercial Farm near Marondera, faced during the early phase of the land invasions....
Maria Mouton in the Heart of the Country?
Summary This article notes and substantiates the intertextual link between an eighteenth-century case of adultery and murder involving Maria Mouton in the Tulbagh area of the Cape of Good Hope and the narrative in J.M. Coetzee's In the Heart of...
Strugglers and Stragglers: Imagining the "War Veteran" from the 1890s to the Present in Zimbabwean Literary Discourse
Summary This article interrogates the diverse images of the combative participant in the struggle for Zimbabwean independence. The war for independence took close to a century from 1890 to 1980. The numerical inversion in the dates ironically mirrors...
"The Only Chance to Love This World": Buddhist Mindfulness in Mary Oliver's Poetry
Summary The article examines selected poems by Mary Oliver from a Buddhist reader's perspective, with a particular focus on Buddhist mindfulness (smrti in Sanskrit and sati in Pali). Her personal style and use of various poetic devices enable the...
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