From Anti-Apartheid to African Renaissance

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Ulrike Ernst

Interviews with South African Writers and Critics on Cultural Politics Beyond the Cultural Struggle

ISBN 978-3-8258-5804-9
Band-Nr. 7
Jahr 2002
Seiten 208
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Anglistik/ Amerikanistik

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The focus of this collection is the cultural and literary
policy of the tripartite alliance (ANC, SACP, COSATU) after
its denouncement of `culture as a weapon‘. Three shifts are
noted between 1990 – 2000: the end of apartheid, the
alliance’s accession to power, and the change of presidency
from Nelson Mandela to Thabo Mbeki, including the adoption
of a neo-liberal macro-economic policy.

The investigation stresses the importance of the role of
writers and intellectuals in political and societal
transformation processes that have a tendency to destroy the
agency that initially set them in motion. Startling
revelations are being made, which highlight the emptiness of
much Rainbow Nation sloganeering.