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He wants me to say
Stacy Hardy - 2006-10-18
I follow his eyes. I nod my head. I smile. I raise my hand toward my chin. A series of small gestures repeated over the hour. His next question follows on from his last question. He says, “Why do you always write about sex?” I know what he wants me to say. I can see what he’s gunning for – his intent. The way he lays down his sentences, accentuates certain words. The interview is for a piece he’s doing on women’s literature in the new South Africa. A post-apartheid...

The state of South African writing
Kelwyn Sole - 2006-10-10
Handler’s and Jacobson’s pieces are timely. However, while I find myself agreeing here and there with points made by both of them, the questions they raise bear on more fundamental issues which, while underlying both pieces, come into view too briefly. I would like, therefore, to point towards some of these and highlight the manner in which they affect the corpus and direction of South African literature at present. A great deal in Jacobson’s structural analysis of the shape...

Van Riebeeck’s Hedge
Ken Barris - 2006-10-10
What strikes me about the parts of this seminar I’ve read so far is that although certain of the contributions are impressively cogent, relevant and insightful, little has been said that is entirely new. I don’t mean to be dismissive, because the questions that have been raised are important and should be discussed. However, there remains much rehearsal of old positions (about marginalised communities in relation to writing, about the old war between aesthetic freedom and politically...

A writing culture of our own
Gabeba Baderoon - 2006-10-10
Reading the entries of this debate, I feel a greedy pleasure. I have been waiting a long time to have as interesting a discussion as this about the character of our literary culture. On the other hand, we can short-circuit such necessary conversations with defensiveness and knee-jerk reactions. “Who the fuck is Celean Jacobson when she’s at home?” That was the heading of an email that was forwarded to me recently, but with the fuck replaced with those exclamation marks and asterisks...

Sim„o Kikamba on women writers and the real issues
Simão Kikamba - 2006-10-10
How seriously are women writers taken in this country? You don’t catch a snake by its tail … This question does not address the real issue. It may make for excellent women-empowering, gender-equality rhetoric, but it does not strike me as a constructive way to tackle the real debate that we writers face in this country, such as how to deal with the walloping decline in book reading that could turn us, writers, into some endangered species. If no one reads our books, if book sales continue...

Om dubbel-gemarginaliseer te wees
Joan Hambidge - 2006-10-04
I Om gay/lesbies te wees, maak jou deel van 'n marginale groep, 'n subkultuur, 'n onsiende bestaan, 'n stereotiep. Van kleins af leer jy hoe dit is om anders te wees. Jy weet wat Van Wyk Louw bedoel het toe hy geskryf het van pyn wat oop en buite bakens is. In die VSA word daar geweldig baie navorsing gedoen oor die queer-kind en oor elke aspek van hierdie bestaan. Die afgelope vyf en twintig jaar het die gay mens – veral in die Afrikaanse letterkunde – van hom- en haarself laat hoor....

The state of South African writing
Kelwyn Sole - 2006-10-03
Handler’s and Jacobson’s pieces are timely. However, while I find myself agreeing here and there with points made by both of them, the questions they raise bear on more fundamental issues which, while underlying both pieces, come into view too briefly. I would like, therefore, to point towards some of these and highlight the manner in which they affect the corpus and direction of South African literature at present. A great deal in Jacobson’s structural analysis of the shape...

Sam Raditlhalo answers Rosemund Handler's questions on the state of South African writing
Sam Raditlhalo - 2006-10-03
"Leading on from Jacobson’s article, the real questions that should be posed – and debated – are these:"* How seriously are women writers taken in this country? It depends on who is supposed to be “the ideal reader” of the writers themselves. To the extent that we routinely attend book launches, we choose which authors to admire. Ingrid de Kok recently launched her fourth collection of poems, Seasonal Fires (Umuzi, 2006) in Muizenburg. It was clear...

A call for more destructive criticism
Henrietta Rose-Innes - 2006-10-03
As a recently reviewed author (with mixed results), I’d like to talk about book criticism in South Africa. I feel we lack a tradition of really robust reviewing. Although we do have a few excellent book critics, a good deal of “criticism” consists of mundane plot summaries, and a good number of “author interviews” are light quizzes along the lines of “What’s your favourite colour?” But even where the reviews are thoughtful and incisive, I often...

A Whiter Shade of Pale
Ashraf Jamal - 2006-10-03
While I do not agree fully with Celean Jacobson’s viewpoint, I most definitely take my hat off to her. Not only has she demonstrated the killer instinct that’s sorely lacking in SA journalism, but the piece is well researched and extremely well positioned to create exactly the huff-and-puff it has produced amongst the plaid and blue-rinse brigade. But before clinging to Jacobson - as one would to another thinker: for dear life! – let me just say that I am in my own petulant way...

It's all about YOU, or Tenzing Norgay's Revenge
Diane Awerbuck - 2006-09-18
There are a number of disparate issues raised (though not invented) by Handler. I'm not going to bother addressing Jacobson's article, seeing as how she got both the title and the most basic premise of my novel wrong. Call that juvenile, but if these - the simplest - features were mangled, I can only imagine what else ranks low in the truthiness stakes. Let's talk about me before anyone starts getting hissy about moral bankruptcy and who I think I am. I speak here as a tertiary lecturer...

The Reviewer’s Dilemma: Some responses to Rosemund Handler
Michiel Heyns - 2006-09-18
Rosemund Handler poses some challenging questions relating to women’s writing and its reception in this country, but I don’t really want to engage at length with that aspect of her article other than to note in passing that, as a reviewer, I don’t think of a novel as gendered. There are indeed women’s novels, as there are men’s novels, and both categories are the weaker for their narrowness of focus. † As a reviewer, do I take women’s writing seriously? I hope not, if that means that I have to...

Globalisering en die Afrikaanse letterkunde
Joan Hambidge - 2006-09-18
Ons leef in ‘n tyd van globalisering wat, veral met die aanwesigheid van die internet, grense laat vervaag of selfs laat verbrokkel. Marshall McLuhan se “global village” het ‘n harde werklikheid geword. Internet, e-pos, fakse, selfone, sms’e - die grense vervaag en gemeenskappe beweeg nader aan mekaar. Tog is dit paradoksaal so dat die partikuliere of spesifieke letterkunde juis oor die eiesoortigheid van die ervaring of belewenis gaan. Stel jou ’n letterkunde...

A rigged weft: The state of South African writing
Andries Walter Oliphant - 2006-09-18
The first decade of democracy saw the slow but steady reorientation of writing in South Africa. Freed from the contortions of colonialism, writers began in a myriad ways to engage with the actualities of a changing society, producing work which enlarged the themes and registers of local writing to give it finer and more differentiated texture. These achievements were crowned by the inaugural Cape Town International Book Fair which took place from 17 to 20 June and saw hundreds of publishers and writers...

The state of South African writing
Rosemund J Handler - 2006-09-18
This discussion took place between Finuala Dowling and Rosemund Handler on Sunday 19 June 2006 from 16h00 to 17h00, at the Cape Town Book Fair, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The topic was writing in South Africa. The subject – the state of South African writing – wasn’t easy to do justice to at bustling Book Fair. But what Rosemund wanted to concentrate on, was a little about South African women’s writing, but more importantly, to pose some questions...

GŁnter Grass se SS-onthulling
Loammi Wolf - 2006-09-05
Saterdagoggend, met die geur van die eerste môrekoffie dralend in my neus, bars die bom van Günter Grass se onthulling op die voorblad van die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ): Hy was as 17-jarige in 1944 vir enkele maande lid van die Waffen-SS gewees voordat hy in krygsgevangeskap gekom het. Die eksklusiewe onderhoud met Grass dek twee volblaaie en lees lekker, so met ’n beker koffie as nagedagte in die hand. Spannend, en tegelykertyd ook ontredderend! Die 78-jarige skrywer...

Superficiality: Self-fulfilling prophets of superficiality?
Mike van Graan - 2006-08-09
A few years ago, when I first entered Green Man Flashing into the PANSA Festival of New Writing, the prevailing wisdom among the audience who saw the staged reading was that while it was ground-breaking in raising important contemporary political, social and moral issues, there really was no audience for this kind of work any more. As if to confirm this sentiment – emanating largely from a theatre-literate audience – a “lighter” piece walked off with the Audience (“popular”)...

Oppervlakkigheid: Mozart is ’n ringtone
Ilza Roggeband - 2006-08-09
Ons kan tog so wroeg. Behoede jou as Kurt Darren jou wil laat dans of as jy nie kan wag vir die nuwe Huisgenoot nie. Wee as daar ’n liedjie of twee of twintig van Steve Hofmeyr is waarvan jy hou of as jy jou kan verlustig aan die jongste skinderstorie in die wêreld van vermaak/sport/politiek. Dan is jy vlak, dom, kommin. Jy drink brandewyn en Coke, jy het ’n T-hemp met ’n ou Suid-Afrikaanse vlag op en daar is ’n ossewawiel in jou voortuin. Blykbaar is daar deesdae...

Oppervlakkigheid: Die nuwe oppervlakkigheid en trourokke: 'n requiem
Andries ''Roof'' Bezuidenhout - 2006-08-09
In swart of wit getooi, in 'n stoet of in konvooi, wonder elkeen hoe lank alles nog sal duur. En leef holderstebolder, want die kis wag op die solder. Die lewe is ’n skadu teen die muur.- Koos du Plessis Soms sukkel ek om my gedagtes agtermekaar te kry. Ek wou eintlik twee argumente maak. Die een is dat ’n mens die “nuwe oppervlakkigheid” deels kan verklaar as die gevolg van die feit dat die sprekers van Afrikaans in Suid-Afrika al hoe minder word. Die taalgemeenskap...

Oppervlakkigheid: Viagra God
Theo Geyser - 2006-08-09
As ek gedagtes griffel oor oppervlakkigheid, dan is dit nie vanuit die ondeurgrondelike dieptes waarin ek tans leef nie, maar eerder vanuit my soeke na en gebrek aan diepte, “soul” en ’n ware konneksie. Hierdie soektog het my in godsdiens laat eindig, waar ek vandag as predikant bedien. Ek het my as jong seun uit ’n gebroke gesin, seker soos die verlore seun om baie selfsugtige redes met ’n honger maag, na godsdiens gewend. Al my verdraaide motiewe en passies –...

Oppervlakkigheid: Oor INSIG en oppervlakkigheid
Izelle Venter - 2006-08-09
Verlede Woensdagaand by sy vertoning het Koos Kombuis sy “Longdrop-song” (wat hoeka gaan oor verandering) aan die INSIG-span opgedra. Want hy sê hy hoor die mense kla dat ons nie depressief genoeg is nie en as hierdie song ons nie onderkry nie, dan weet hy nie. Ons kon nie help om ’n bietjie lekker te kry nie. Ons het die tydskrif inderdaad hernu en dit het sekerlik van ons vorige lesers ontstem, maar hier verduidelik ek hoekom ek as redakteur (oftewel redakteurtjie, soos...

Oppervlakkigheid: Om diepsinnig te wees in oppervlakkigheid
Joan Hambidge - 2006-08-09
Oscar Wilde het geweldig baie mense op sy dag laat skeef opkyk oor sy klem op die speelse. Die klem op “camp” en Susan Sontag in haar beroemde essay "Notes on Camp" – opgeneem in Against interpretation (1966) – huldig “camp", en meer spesifiek Oscar Wilde se puntige, speelse opmerkings oor die weggooi-opmerking. Trouens, dit was mos die einste Wilde wat opgemerk het dat net die diepsinnige persoon op sy baadjie getakseer kan word ... "Notes on camp"...

Oppervlakkigheid: Die verskil tussen populariteit en oppervlakkigheid
Herman Wasserman - 2006-08-09
Die debat oor die veronderstelde vervlakking van die (Suid-) Afrikaanse media berus op minstens een foutiewe aanname: dat die media in die eerste plek ’n baie ernstige instelling is wat ernstige werk verrig. Die media beweer dikwels dat hulle absoluut onmisbaar is vir demokrasie, dat hulle die sg. ‘Vierde Stand’ is wat die regering op sy tone hou en waarsonder die demokrasie nie kan funksioneer nie, dat hulle inligting verskaf waarsonder die samelewing nie kan klaarkom nie en...

Oppervlakkigheid: Goeie nuus uit die kombuis
Sonia Cabano - 2006-08-09
Soms sien mens foto’s van jammerende familielede en ondersteuners buite ’n hof met die byskrif: “Ons bly lief vir haar, al het sy die pad byster geraak.’’ “Is dit die Suid-Afrikaanse kombuis waarvan gepraat word?’’ wonder ek. As ek vonnis kon uitspreek oor ons plaaslike kookkuns en -kennis, sou korrektiewe toesig en streng rehabilitasie moontlik sterk figureer. Dis bykans onmoontlik om oor ’n verdere vervlakking van die Suid-Afrikaanse kookkuns...

Superficiality: The superficiality of food and eating
Paul Murray - 2006-08-09
Slow food is a counter to fast food. Eating fast food is not superficial. The food itself is. It was once said, “Image is the undisputed language of the new millennium.” The taste and senses that accompany regional cooking is a testimony to this saying. Slow food does not mean you eat slowly or even that the food is prepared slowly, although the nature of slow food is that time is taken to grow the natural produce and traditional recipes are used to prepare food in the way of the regional...

Editing Leipoldt, an interesting and versatile person
Paul Murray - 2006-07-21
(Not for citation) 1 Introduction C Louis Leipoldt (1880–1947) is the well-known Afrikaans writer canonised in Afrikaans literature as a major poet (Viljoen 1996:1). His first piece that was published he wrote when he was eleven. He continued to write as a journalist to his last days for both local and overseas journals. He was not only a prolific journalist, but also an author. PJ Nienaber referred to Leipoldt’s Die Heks (1923) as “die eerste volwaardige drama in ons taal”...


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