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Title: Parasise regained and lost again: South African literature in the post-apartheid era
Authors: RENDERS, Luc
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Journal of literary studies, 21(1/2). p. 1-24
Abstract: This article surveys South African prose in English and Afrikaans published after 1994. With the first democratic elections a new era began. The political and social changes are obviously reflected in the prose that was written in the previous decade. There are striking thematic parallels between the literary works in English and Afrikaans. The demise of apartheid led to a euphoric mood but very soon a new realism set in. A number of works appeared in which history was rewritten. Not only the immediate apartheid past but also the earlier history of South Africa is highlighted. The past is demythologised and the previously hidden sides of history are exposed. Moreover a lot of attention is paid to the new South Africa. The old parameters are no longer valid. The whites have lost their political power. This realisation often leads to a crisis of identity. New rulers also introduce new customs. The changes which have taken place are not always regarded as improvements. And then there are all the other seemingly insoluble problems such as the crime wave and the aids epidemic. But these problems are sometimes seen as cataclysts for change as they can bring the races closer together. Both in English and in Afrikaans prose the hope is expressed that the transformation proces will ultimately lead to a better South Africa.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/6048
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: vabb, 2010
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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