South African writing before, during and after Apartheid - EXPeditions

South African writing before, during and after Apartheid

by Chris Warnes
  • Key point 1
    The object of apartheid was to exclude Black South Africans from asserting their political control, for the most important reason that, in South Africa, white settlers never outnumbered indigenous African people.
  • Key point 2
    The apartheid era saw a flourishing of a political mode of writing designed to make readers aware of the injustice and even to encourage them to do something about it.
  • Key point 3
    It’s often said that after apartheid, South African writers were finally free from the injunction to be political. However, when you look at the texts closely, you find the legacies of a political writing in them, no matter how mainstream they are.