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Cultural solidarities: apartheid and the anticolonial commons of world literature
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2222-1037
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2018 (English)In: Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies, ISSN 1753-3171, E-ISSN 1543-1304, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 260-268Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This special issue considers networked cultural responses loosely figured as “cultural solidarities” in the Global South, on the understanding that mid-twentieth century struggles to end colonialism were addressed within a transnational domain. It takes apartheid South Africa as its point of departure, positioning literature from South Africa within a broadly anti-colonial commons. As they consider works by Alex La Guma, Nazim Hikmet Ran, Athol Fugard, and Todd Matshikiza, among others, our contributors—Christopher J. Lee, Gül Bilge Han, Ashleigh Harris and Andrea Thorpe—question the role of aesthetic forms in constructing long-distance solidarities in a Cold War setting. Mohammad Shabangu’s assertion of the necessity of “opacity” as a counter to the recuperation of the African writer brings such questions into the present, intersecting contemporary debates on world literature. Finally, solidarity is framed in temporal rather than geographical terms in Andrew van der Vlies and Julia Willén’s dialogue on “reading for hope” in the aftermath of failed revolutionary projects.

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2018. Vol. 19, no 3, p. 260-268
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Apartheid, decolonization, Cold War, solidarity, world literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158926DOI: 10.1080/17533171.2018.1482981OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158926DiVA, id: diva2:1240020
Available from: 2018-08-20 Created: 2018-08-20 Last updated: 2019-12-04Bibliographically approved

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