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Relating the Divided City in South Africa

LSE Department of Anthropology Literary Festival event

Date: Friday 2 March 2012 
Time: 6-7.30pm
Venue: NAB 2.04, New Academic Building
Speakers: Denis Hirson, Kopano Matlwa, Dr Andrew van der Vlies

In new South African fiction, writers ‘relate cultures’ in two senses. They have found new ways of exploring connections amongst diverse languages and cultures (and pasts and presents). Replacing the seriousness of novels about the racism of the past and its effects, a new playfulness is emerging, with whimsical humour much in evidence – yet the themes explored remain grounded in important issues of cultural and racial dividedness. Writers also show remarkable inventiveness in respect of the mode of relating, investigating new and changing styles of narrative.

Denis Hirson is author of Worlds in One Country,  I remember King Kong (The Boxer) and The Dancing and the Death on Lemon Street. Kopano Matlwa is author of Coconut and Spilt Milk. Dr Andrew van der Vlies is senior lecturer, Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London, and author of South African Textual Cultures, and J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace: A Reader's Guide.

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