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作者 Popescu, Monica
書名 South Africa in transition: Theorizing post-colonial, post-apartheid and post-communist cultural formations (J. M. Coetzee, Ivan Vladislavic, Zoe Wicomb)
國際標準書號 9780542006401
book jacket
說明 240 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-02, Section: A, page: 0585
Supervisor: Rita Barnard
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 2005
With its startling new forms and preoccupations, South African literature and culture during the 1990s is indicative of local trends and global transformations alike. To trace the genealogy and impact of these cultural phenomena, I focus on South Africa as a post-colonial polity as well as a culture in transition under the influence of a post-Cold War configuration. I analyze new aspects of its literature, as reflected in recent works by J. M. Coetzee, Ivan Vladislavic, and Zoe Wicomb. The apparently unrelated events of 1989--1990 in Eastern Europe and South Africa provide the key to a reading of social and cultural developments around the turn of the millennium. Eastern Europe figures as a metaphor, an imaginary space of reference for South African intellectuals, and a repository of both revolutionary traditions and dissident practices. The collapse of the communist regimes has transformed ideological and political systems beyond regional boundaries and has affected South Africa in direct ways. This juxtaposition allows me to explore the theoretical interconnections between post-colonial, post-apartheid, and post-communist cultural formations
The past decade in South Africa is symptomatic of what I define as late post-colonialism. This new stage that emerged with the demise of the Soviet Block accounts for a specific temporality in South Africa---liminal in its insistence on transition and limbo-like before the promised goal of a functional democracy. It is a mix of startlingly novel trends and stubborn recurrences that shatter the linearity and forward-thrust of teleological narratives. The late world order, with its Cold War dichotomies, insidious forms of neo-colonialism, and economic dependencies, has purportedly passed away. Yet its transformed structures still haunt the new world order
Throughout the dissertation, I posit a model that moves away from the vertical flow of cultural capital between the Western world and post-colonial polities to study the horizontal interpenetration and influence of marginal cultures. The relations between South Africa and the Eastern Block spell out a cultural exchange that can ultimately foreground similar relations at the regional and global level. They can be envisioned in terms of processes of cultural translation
School code: 0175
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-02A
主題 Literature, Comparative
Literature, African
Alt Author University of Pennsylvania
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