South Africa, Shakespeare, and Post-colonial Culture
This book works within the frameworks of post-colonial studies and cultural studies in order to theorise, and then to illustrate, the possibilities for cultural creation in the context of oppression. It re-works the concept of hybridity, and the philosophies of liberalism and humanism, in order to suggest that these important and much-contested terrains within critical theory have specific potential in a South African context. This book applies these theoretical points to a specific trajectory of writing in English in the region, which it finds embodied in the writing of Solomon Plaatje, Peter Abrahams, Es'kia Mphahlele, Bloke Modisane, and Can Themba. By seeking to unlock the complex and sometimes contradictory ways in which Shakespeare is useful to these writers, the book addresses the traditional imbalance of knowledges in Shakespeare Studies by conceptualizing the presence of Shakespeare in these texts as indicative of an act of cultural appropriation and political resistance. Ultimately, the book makes a contribution to post-colonial and cultural studies' engagements with how culture works, how resistance is inscribed, and what role theory can play in the neo-colonial world.
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Abrahams Anglo-American Anthony Sampson autobiography Bantu Education Bantu Education Act Belsey Bhabha black South Africans chapter characterised civilisation complex conceptualise construction Couzens critique cultural difference discourse discussion Drum writers economic education system English literary studies English literature English studies European explored expression gender human rights humanism's humanist hybridity identity ideological implications important individual invoked Johnson Kelwyn Sole kind language learners Lewis Nkosi liberal humanism liberalism in South linguistic literary criticism Loomba mission schools Modisane moral Mphahlele Ngugi notion oppression Orkin Othello Peter Plaatje Plaatje's play points political position possible post-colonial theory problematic racial racism radical criticism relationship resistance Setswana Shakespeare in South social society Sol Plaatje Sophiatown South African English South African Shakespeare South African writers speak specific struggle suggests teachers teaching Tell Freedom texts Themba theoretical tradition trajectory transformation translation universal human Western Woeber writing in English