Finding My Way: Reflections on South African Literature

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 1, 2023 - Social Science - 212 pages

This book reflects on South African literature from the perspective of 2020. It emerges from Duncan Brown’s experiences of three decades of working in this field of writing and scholarship. It is a personal intellectual exploration and an engagement with the institutional history of literary studies in South Africa and elsewhere.

Finding My Way also attempts to find more creative, engaging and intriguing modes of writing about literature and the humanities universally. It seeks to recover a sense of the imaginative, the literary, and the affective, not only as things to value in the literary texts we read but also as ways of understanding and reading texts, as ways of writing criticism—of registering how books make us feel, as well as how they make us think.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
1982
Reimagining South African Literature
1998
Reimagining the Literary
Reading With
Creative NonFiction A Conversation with Antjie Krog
Oral Literature in South Africa Twenty Years
Recursive Futures? Or What Rough Beast?
Index
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About the author (2023)

Duncan Brown is professor of English at the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research at the University of the Western Cape. He has widely published in South African literary and cultural studies.