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By Christopher Heywood
Christopher Heywood surveys consultant South African poems, performs and prose works in 5 literary traditions: Khoisan, Nguni-Sotho, Afrikaans, English, and Indian. Heywood's decisions comprise over a hundred authors and chosen works--covering poetry, theater and prose. Explored within the context of crises resulting in the formation of recent South Africa, South African literature emerges from this examine as one of many nice literatures of the trendy global.
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These writers generated a literary movement founded on hymn and ballad stanza forms, the theory of society as a search for release from economic and racial oppression, and the cult of hostile landscapes as sites for pilgrimage and redemption. Through various channels, that movement encouraged writing by South African poets from Thomas Pringle to Eug`ene Marais and beyond. Poets and prose writers using English found literary feet through a compound of Christian and settler traditions that arrived with some 5,000 settlers of mainly northern British Isles stock around 1820.
R. Owst set aside the redemptive mission of Christianity. The book emphasises the church’s achievement as a source of literary inspiration through the dissemination of numerous oral narratives that had been preserved in print and renewed in oral performance. ’2 Since the Romantic period in the northern hemisphere, and latterly in South Africa, poets and prose writers have drawn on Indian texts that preserved ancient oral traditions. These traditional resources have contributed to the revival of modern theatre, and to poems on traditional themes by poets of several communities.
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A History of South African Literature by Christopher Heywood