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- DescriptionAlan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country is one of the most influential works of South African literature. Appearing at a time when the South African political system was being increasingly questioned, the vel drew worldwide attention to the horrors of apartheid, a political institution promoting segregation and discrimination. This book overviews Paton's vel and its social and political contexts. It discusses South African history and provides a sample of documents related to the origin of apartheid and the challenges facing South Africans under the segregationist regime. In doing so, it helps students understand the political climate of South Africa under apartheid, as well as the challenges of racism that continue to plague contemporary society. Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) is one of the most influential works of South African literature. Appearing at a time when the South African political system was being increasingly questioned, the vel drew worldwide attention to the horrors of apartheid, a political institution promoting segregation and discrimination. However, because historical and social issues figure prominently in the vel, it is sometimes difficult for modern students to understand. But because of the enduring plague of racism, it is all the more important for students to come to terms with the issues Paton raises. This book overviews Paton's vel and relates it to its social and political contexts. The book begins with an analysis of the vel and gives attention to adaptations and films based on it. It then overviews South African history. This is followed by a selection of primary documents related to the origin of apartheid, the history and work conditions of miners, the social and ecomic conditions in urban and rural areas, the challenges facing South African women, and the state of post-apartheid South Africa. While the book does much to illuminate Paton's vel, it additionally helps students use the vel to explore important social concerns still present in society.
- Author BiographyNgwarsungu Chiwengo is Associate Professor of English at Creighton University. her work has appeared in such journals as South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of Black Studies, and African Literature Association Bulletin.
- Author(s)Ngwarsungu Chiwengo
- Date of Publication30/01/2007
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleThe Greenwood Press Literature in Context
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteillustrations (b&w) & maps
- Weight517 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
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