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- DescriptionUsing a broad range of literature to examine the political culture of white South Africa, Peck finds both a preoccupation with political issues and a dislike for politics. The literature examined ranges from South African propaganda, through a variety of bestsellers-adventure stories and mystery vels written by authors such as Wilbur Smith and James McClure-to self-conscious literary works of the canical white South African authors such as Alan Paton, Andre Brink, and Nadine Gordimer. The study gives attention to anti-political features of the liberal tradition that dominated South African writing, and to the failure of writers who undermined that tradition to generate a more positive view of politics. The morbid fascination with politics that is found across the full spectrum of creative writing is a reflection of the circumstances in which writers found themselves, but it is still a worrisome feature of the white South African political culture.
- Author BiographyRICHARD PECK is Professor of International Affairs at Lewis and Clark College. He trained in Political Science and International Relations at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Yale University. A specialist in African and other Third World politics, and in international organizations, Peck has published in Research in African Literatures, World Literature Written in English, The Journal of Contemporary African Studies, The African Studies Review, and other journals.
- Author(s)Richard Peck
- Date of Publication19/02/1997
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleContributions to the Study of World Literature
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 78.
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight486 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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