What if you survey African literature professors to find out which works and writers are most regularly taught? Only a few canonical ones continue to dominate curricula.
The historical novel is in vogue across the continent, challenging how we conceive of the nation, and how we write its histories.
Lily Saint talks with historian William Worger about the archive of sponsored comics by South Africa’s Apartheid government that he is amassing at UCLA.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2013 novel, ‘Americanah,’ was the 2017 choice for the “One Book, One New York” campaign. Is the campaign necessarily a good thing?
Robert Mugabe and how how quickly style and showmanship can sweep away an audience, even when the underlying message promotes violence and jingoistic triumphalism.
The success of ‘Mies Julie’ tells us more about the way that audiences in the Global North like to think about South Africa than it does about actual South Africa.
The author, a regular contributor, summarizes four new books she’s been reading.
How meanings, symbolism, and narratives of “other” places and products shift when contextualized within and against South Africa.
Die Antwoord’s magnetism (or repulsion) lies in the way they combine clichés about race with those of gender and sexuality.