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- DescriptionDrawing the Line examines the ways in which cultural, political, and legal lines are imagined, drawn, crossed, erased, and redrawn in post-apartheid South AfricaGCothrough literary texts, artworks, and other forms of cultural production. Under the rubric of a philosophy of the limit, and with reference to a range of signifying acts and events, this book asks what it takes to recalibrate a sociopolitical scene, shifting perceptions of what counts and what matters, of what can be seen and heard, of what can be valued or regarded as meaningful. The book thus argues for an aesthetics of transitional justice and makes an appeal for a postapartheid aesthetic inquiry, as opposed to simply a political or a legal one. Each chapter brings a South African artwork, text, speech, building, or social encounter into conversation with debates in critical theory and continental philosophy, asking: What challenge do these South African acts of signification and resignification pose to current literary-philosophical debates?
- Author BiographyCarrol Clarkson is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town.
- Author(s)Carrol Clarkson
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2013
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleJust Ideas
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Content Note10 b/w illustrations
- Weight318 g
- Width152 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine20 mm
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