Members of Department of Afrikaans contribute to Cambridge publication

Posted on November 05, 2012

Professors Andries Visagie and Hein Willemse contributed two separate chapters to a multi-authored work that is almost 900 pages long. Visagie (with M.J. Daymond) published on "Confession and autobiography" and Willemse wrote a chapter on "Afrikaans literature, 1948-1976”. The book is part of the well-known "Histories" series of Cambridge University Press and offers a comprehensive history of South African literature from the beginnings to the present and deals with literature in all South Africa’s languages, both oral and written.

From the blurb: "South Africa’s unique history has produced literatures in many languages, in both oral and written forms, reflecting the diversity in the cultural histories and experiences of its people. The Cambridge History offers a comprehensive, multi-authored history of South African literature in all eleven official languages (and more minor ones) of the country, produced by a team of over forty international experts, including contributors from all of the major regions and language groups of South Africa. It will provide a complete portrait of South Africa's literary production, organised as a chronological history from the oral traditions existing before colonial settlement, to the post-apartheid revision of the past. In a field marked by controversy, this volume is more fully representative than any existing account of South Africa's literary history. It will make a unique contribution to Commonwealth, international and postcolonial studies and serve as a definitive reference work for decades to come."

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