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Africa Writes Back was published in 2008 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart – the novel which provided the impetus for the foundation of the Heinemann African Writers Series in 1962 with Chinua Achebe as the Editorial Adviser. With the 50th anniversary of the AWS being celebrated in 2012, James Currey’s book has a new resonance. ‘… not only the story of a publishing enterprise of great significance; it is also a large part of the story of African literature and its dissemination in the latter half of the twentieth century. The manuscript is full of the drama of that enterprise, the drama of dealing with the mother house, William Heinemann, of dealing with the often intractable political constraints dominating the intellectual space across Africa, and not least of all dealing with the writers themselves – with their ambitions, their temperaments, their financial needs and, at time, their perception of a colonial relationship between themselves and a European publishing house.’ – Clive Wake, Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages, University of Kent at Canterbury. North America: Ohio U Press; Ghana: Sub-Saharan Publishers; South Africa: Wits U Press; Nigeria: HEBN; Kenya: EAEP; Zimbabwe: Weaver PressR230.00 inc. VAT
In July 2007, the acclaimed writer Bessie Head would have turned 70 years old. Her friends, colleagues andliterary critics honoured her with a series of conferences, new books and theses, and the founding of a permanent Bessie Head Heritage Trust to guarantee the future of her house and literary papers. Wits University Press took the opportunity to repackage and republish this excellent biography and it appears with new, never-before-published photographs of Bessie Head’s life.R200.00 inc. VAT
2007 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the murder in South African police detention of Steve Biko (1946-1977), one of Africa’s greatest sons, leaders and philosophers. Celebrating Steve Biko is a collection of specially commissioned writings, both personal and political, that offer tribute to Biko’s contribution to the freedom struggle in South Africa, to his intellectual legacy and to those he inspired in Africa and elsewhere who struggle against oppression. Above all the book celebrates Biko’s memory and precious legacy: the freedom to say, think and write what we like.
The contributors are drawn from Biko’s friends, followers, fellow activists and scholars including Achille Mbembe and Thabo Mbeki. Biko’s renowned essayBlack Consciousness and the Quest for a True Humanity also features in the volume.R190.00 inc. VAT
Composing Apartheid is the first book ever to chart the musical world of a notorious period in world history, apartheid South Africa. It explores how music was produced through, and was productive of, key features of apartheid’s social and political topography, as well as how music and musicians contested and even helped to conquer apartheid. The collection of essays is intentionally broad, and the contribution includes historians, sociologists and anthrologists, as well as ethnomusicologists, music theories and historical musicologists. This is one of the best books to have emerged from South Africa musicology in the last decade. I opens a new level of discourse about music during the apartheid are.R230.00 inc. VAT
This original book is a much needed and far reaching exploration of post-apartheid South African life world. Entanglement aims to capture the contradictory mixture of innovation and inertia, of loss, violence and xenophobia as well as experimentation and desegregation, which characterizes the present. The author explores the concept of entanglement in relation to reading of literature, new media forms and painting. In the process, she moves away from a persistence apartheid optic, drawing on the ideas of sameness and their limits, in order to elicit ways of living and imaging 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.R160.00 inc. VAT
The xenophobic attacks that started in Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa, in May 2008 before spreading to others around the country, caused an outcry across the world and raised many fundamental questions: Of what profound social malaise is xenophobia and the violence that it inspires, a symptom?R200.00 inc. VAT
At the very start of South Africa’s constitutional democracy, opens and transparency had a special place. Reacting against the secrecy of apartheid, the veils would be lifted in a new open society. And indeed South Africa’s access to information law – the promotion of access to information Act, a direct result of the constitutional negotiations – is without parallel in the worldR120.00 inc. VAT
In 2001 South Africa was devastated by the news of a brutal rape of a nine-month-old child who came to be known as baby Tshepang. The media reported that she has been gang raped by a group of six men. Later it was discovered that the men had been wrongfully accused and that the infant had instead been raped and sodomized by her mother’s boyfriend. Once the story of baby Tshepang hit the headlines, the scab was torn off a festering wound, and hundreds of similar stories followed.R265.00 inc. VAT
This volume highlights twenty-three languages and five east african countries: Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. It forcuses on the daily lives of women in retellings of personal sufferings and truimphs, parlimentary speeches, friction, poetry and songs, and the roles of women in creating and educated people in nations free from colonial rule. Marriage is a theme that runs throughout: “A Mother’s Advice and Prayer” from 1858 is a nuptial manual in verse, and “I Want a Divorce,” taken from a 1922 court record, gives a valuable glimpse of the power struggles between husband and wife. On a lighter note, a collection of recent song lyrics complains about useless husbands and lovers. Many 20th-century writers address colonialism and independence: Penina Muhando Mlama’s “Creating in the Mother-Tongue” looks at the linguistic, literary and socioeconomic obstacles to writing in indigenous languages.R265.00 inc. VAT
The acclaimed Women Writing Africa Project continues with the second volume of Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel. Drawing upon more than a decade of research, West Africa and the Sahel covers the territory where most African Americans find their roots.
The collection encompasses an epic cultural history through the voices of women represented in twenty languages spoken in an area encompassing twelve countries. Beginning with African kingdoms dating six centuries or more before colonialism and independence, the volume gathers 132 texts—stories, songs, letters, drama, oral history, diaries, and historical documents—each with a readable authoritative headnote explaining its cultural and historical contexts. A general introduction provides an overview of West African cultural and literary history, including the brilliant and diverse traditions of women’s oral literatures.R265.00 inc. VAT
The product of a decade of research, this landmark collection is the first of four volumes in the Women Writing Africa Project, which seeks to document and map the extraordinary and diverse landscape of African women’s oral and written literatures. Presenting voices rarely heard outside Africa, some recorded as early as the mid-nineteenth century, as well as rediscovered gems by such well-known authors as Bessie Head and Doris Lessing, this volume reveals a living cultural legacy that will revolutionize the understanding of African women’s literary and cultural production.Have no product in the cart!