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Literary And Cultural Reflections On Post-Apartheid

208 pages

August, 2009

ISBN: 9781868144761



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Sarah Nuttall is Director of the Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WiSER) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

An examination of the post-apartheid perspective
This original book is a much needed and far reaching exploration of post-apartheid South African life worlds. Entanglement aims to capture the contradictory mixture of innovation and inertia, of loss, violence and xenophobia as well as experimentation and desegregation, which characterises the present. The author explores the concept of entanglement in relation to readings of literature, new media forms and painting. In the process, she moves away from a persistent apartheid optic, drawing on ideas of sameness and difference, and their limits, in order to elicit ways of living and imagining that are just starting to take shape and for which we might not yet have a name. In the background of her investigations lies a preoccupation with a future-oriented politics, one that builds on largely unexplored terrains of mutuality while being attentive to a historical experience of confrontation and injury.