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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...

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...

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”)...

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...

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