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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English$
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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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11 February 1990, South Africa: Apartheid and After

11 February 1990, South Africa: Apartheid and After

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(p.240) Chapter 19 11 February 1990, South Africa: Apartheid and After
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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English
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Louise Bethlehe

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.003.0020

This chapter looks at South African literature, and the making and marketing of Nelson Mandela as the definitive icon of the ‘new’ South Africa, studying South African literature in English, the canonical authors under apartheid and the presentation of a South African writer. It looks at the frequent use of corpses and bodies in South African literature, before ending with a discussion on the shifts and continuities of literature in the post-apartheid era.

Keywords:   South African literature, Nelson Mandela, canonical authors, apartheid, South African writer, corpses, post-apartheid era, continuities

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