Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa

Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa

By: Andrew Van der Vlies (editor)Paperback

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This book explores the power of print and the politics of the book in South Africa from a range of disciplinary perspectives - historical, bibliographic, literary-critical, sociological, and cultural studies. The essays collected here, by leading international scholars, address a range of topics as varied as: the role of print cultures in contests over the nature of the colonial public sphere in the nineteenth century; orthography; iimbongi, orature and the canon; book-collecting and libraries; print and transnationalism; Indian Ocean cosmopolitanisms; books in war; how the fates of South African texts, locally and globally, have been affected by their material instantiations; photocomics and other ephemera; censorship, during and after apartheid; books about art and books as art; local academic publishing; and the challenge of 'book history' for literary and cultural criticism in contemporary South Africa.

About Author

Andrew van der Vlies is senior lecturer in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, and research associate in the department of English literature at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.


Print cultures and colonial public spheres; local/global: south african writing and global imaginaries; three ways of looking at coetzee; questions of the archive and the uses of books; orature, image, text; ideological exigencies and the fates of books; new directions.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781868145669
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9781868145669
  • ISBN10: 1868145662

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