Memories of a Modernity-to-be. Some reflections on South Africa's unresolved dilemma

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Title Memories of a Modernity-to-be. Some reflections on South Africa's unresolved dilemma
Author(s) Hemer, Oscar
Date 2008
Editor(s) Lindbladh, Johanna
English abstract
As indicated by Appadurai (1996) and Ashcroft (2001), fiction has a privileged position in relation to journalism and other writing practices when it comes to promoting social action and change. Dramatized fictions, not least, in the form of live theatre, film or broadcast soap operas, are potentially very powerful communication tools. My focus in this paper is on literary fiction as a transgressive means of investigation on the one hand and as a vehicle for cultural identification and social empowerment on the other. I will argue that these two aspects are intrinsically connected, and that the second aim should be subordinated to the first. I will specifically discuss South Africa in the transitional period from 1991 to the present as my case, with emphasis on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its impact on culture and public debate.
Swedish abstract
Kapitlet diskuterar hur Sydafrikas övergång rån apartheid till demokrati har återspeglats i litteraturen och vilken roll littraturen har spelat i den nationella sannings- och försiningsprocessen
Link http://www.cfe.lu.se/working_papers/conference_papers.html (external link to publication)
Publisher Lund University
Host/Issue CFE Conference Papers Series;3
ISSN 1654-2185
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Fiction
Social Change
Truth
Reconciliation
Modernity
Humanities/Social Sciences
Social Sciences
Humanities
Note The entire publication is available electronically at http://www.cfe.lu.se/working_papers/conference_papers.html
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/7198 (link to this page)

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