LIT Verlag

Berlin Münster Wien Zürich London

Ulrike Ernst

From Anti-Apartheid to African Renaissance

Interviews with South African Writers and Critics on Cultural Politics Beyond the Cultural Struggle

Reihe: Anglistik/ Amerikanistik, Band 7, 2002, 2. Auflage, broschiert, 208 Seiten

ISBN: 978-3-8258-5804-9

The focus of this collection is the cultural and literary policy of the tripartite alliance (ANC, SACP, COSATU) after its denouncement of `culture as a weapon'. Three shifts are noted between 1990 - 2000: the end of apartheid, the alliance's accession to power, and the change of presidency from Nelson Mandela to Thabo Mbeki, including the adoption of a neo-liberal macro-economic policy.

The investigation stresses the importance of the role of writers and intellectuals in political and societal transformation processes that have a tendency to destroy the agency that initially set them in motion. Startling revelations are being made, which highlight the emptiness of much Rainbow Nation sloganeering.


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