Louise Bethlehem
Louise Bethlehem
Associate Professor, English Department & Program in Cultural Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
30 Apr 2020 City Press
Reading (for) Lockdown: Two Afrofuturist Texts from South Africa
Social media has greeted the lockdowns imposed in the face of the global spread of Covid-19 with reading recommendations for "plague fiction" and other speculative, post-apocalyptic or dystopian literary works. Readers of South African literature know that it, too, has been fascinated with imaginings of apocalypse. Before the transition to democracy, dystopian fictionshow more
4 Mar 2020 Journal Article Critical Arts - South-North Cultural and Media Studies
Celebrity and Protest in the Anti-Apartheid Movement
This special issue proposes to juxtapose accounts of anti-apartheid protest and solidarity efforts with the field of celebrity studies in order to deepen our understanding of both through their conjunction. As our contributors show, opponents of apartheid in South Africa and beyond were cognisant of the importance of cultivating ties with local and global media, as wellshow more
Mar 2020 Book Chapter Goldreich de Shalit: Locale
Dissent by Design: Arthur Goldreich and King Kong: An All African Jazz Opera
התנגדות בכלי העיצוב
באוטוביוגרפיה שלו מ-2013 - צעיר עם עניבה אדומה: מנדלה ומהפכת הנפל, 1963-1960 - נזכר הפעיל הפוליטי הדרום-אפריקאי בוב הפל (Hepple) בבכורת ההצגה המוזיקלית קינג קונג: אופרת ג'אז אפריקאית, שהיתה מאז לאגדה. האופרה מילאה אולמות במשך שנתיים תמימות ברחבי דרום-אפריקה, לפני שיצאה לסיבוב הופעות מצליח בווסט-אנד של לונדון. הפּל, שסקר במבטו את הקהל באותו ערב גאלה ביוהנסבורג, הבחיןshow more
Mar 2020 Edited Volume Critical Arts - South-North Cultural and Media Studies
Celebrity and Protest in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle
Table of Contents Celebrity and Protest in the Anti-Apartheid Movement Louise Bethlehem & Tal Zalmanovich Nelson Mandela’s “Show Trials”: An Analysis of Press Coverage of Mandela’s Court Appearances Martha Evans “Trevor is ‘News’”: Celebrity as Protest in the Early Anti-Apartheid Struggle, 1948–1960 Tal Zalmanovich Not Merely a Newsworthy Commodity: Jean-Paul Sartre'sshow more
27 Nov 2019 Journal Article Journal of Modern Jewish Studies
South African Text; Zionist Palimpsest: Israeli Critics Read Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country
The contemporary mobilization of the apartheid-Israel analogy on the part of activists and academics alike obscures the fact that it has a long history of use on the part of Hebrew-speaking writers and intellectuals. Some of the earliest comparative references to apartheid arose from the Hebrew translation and stage adaptation of Alan Paton’s celebrated 1948 novelshow more
8 May 2019 Journal Article Safundi - The Journal of South African and American Studies
Stenographic Fictions: Mary Benson’s At the Still Point and the South African Political Trial
From the mid-1960s onward, compilations of the speeches and trial addresses of South African opponents of apartheid focused attention on the apartheid regime despite intensified repression in the wake of the Rivonia Trial. Mary Benson’s novel, At the Still Point, transposes the political trial into fiction. Its “stenographic” codes of representation open Benson’sshow more
8 May 2019 Journal Article Special Issue of Safundi - The Journal of South African and American Studies
Cultural Solidarities: Itineraries of Anti-Apartheid Expressive Culture - Introduction to the Special Issue
Continuing the investigation of networked cultural responses in the Global South construed as “cultural solidarities” that was embarked upon in the first special issue of this two-part series, “Cultural Solidarities: Apartheid and the anti-colonial commons of world literature,” Safundi Vol. 19, no.3, the introduction to this, its second volume, investigates howshow more
8 May 2019 Edited Volume Safundi - The Journal of South African and American Studies
Cultural Solidarities: Itineraries of Anti-Apartheid Expressive Culture
Table of Contents Cultural solidarities: itineraries of anti-apartheid expressive culture—introduction to the special issue Louise Bethlehem, Lindelwa Dalamba & Uhuru Phalafala Cold War carceral liberalism and other counternarratives: the case of Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country Sarika Talve-Goodman “What is needed is an ecumenical act of solidarity:” the Worldshow more
1 Sep 2018 Journal Article Social Text
Restless Itineraries: Antiapartheid Expressive Culture and Transnational Historiography
This article sets the itineracy of antiapartheid expressive culture to work in relation to exiled South African jazz singer Miriam Makeba. It revisits accounts of transnational cultural circulation on the part of Rob Nixon, Paul Gilroy, and others to argue that the diffusion of South African cultural formations outward from South Africa offers historiographic tractionshow more
2 Aug 2018 Edited Volume Safundi - The Journal of South African and American Studies
Cultural Solidarities: Apartheid and the Anticolonial Commons of World Literature
Table of Contents Cultural solidarities: preamble Louise Bethlehem, Lindelwa Dalamba, Gül Bilge Han, Stefan Helgesson & Uhuru Phalafala Cultural solidarities: apartheid and the anticolonial commons of world literature Stefan Helgesson, Louise Bethlehem & Gül Bilge Han Addressing an Afro-Asian public: Alex La Guma’s report to the 25th anniversary conference of theshow more
2 Aug 2018 Journal Article Special Issue of Safundi - The Journal of South African and American Studies
Cultural Solidarities: Apartheid and the Anticolonial Commons of World Literature - Introduction to the Special Issue
This special issue considers networked cultural responses loosely figured as “cultural solidarities” in the Global South, on the understanding that mid-twentieth century struggles to end colonialism were addressed within a transnational domain. It takes apartheid South Africa as its point of departure, positioning literature from South Africa within a broadly anti-colonialshow more
17 Jul 2018 The Conversation: Africa
Centenary of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s Birth: a Tribute in Poems
The centenary of the birth of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela offers a rich opportunity to reflect on the life of South Africa’s extraordinary political leader and on the legacies of the struggle against apartheid that he and his cohort of fellow activists shaped. Mandela’s life-writing offers a great deal of inspiration for such reflection across a range of themes, includingshow more
26 Apr 2018 Book Chapter Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature
Continuity and Change in Postapartheid Fiction
What language is adequate to describe the coming into being of the new South Africa? What literary forms does newness take? What promises does the new “postapartheid fiction” deliver (or fail to deliver)? For many observers, the May 10, 1994, inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the first democratically elected president of South Africa captured the optimism of the politicalshow more
11 Feb 2018 The Conversation: Africa
How Masekela’s Journeys in Exile Shaped His Music and Politics
The world continues to pay tribute to the legendary Hugh Ramapolo Masekela who died on 23 January 2018. His journeys have reminded us that the itineraries of South African exiles — writers, journalists, performers, photographers, and political activists — have much to offer transnational histories of anti-apartheid resistance. Masekela knew some formative moments duringshow more
10 Nov 2017 Journal Article Social Dynamics - A journal of African studies
“Miriam’s Place”: South African Jazz, Conviviality and Exile
Michael Titlestad has suggested that jazz serves “to mediate, manage and contest” what he terms a “staggered, but also cruel and unusual South African modernity.” His volume Making the Changes (2004) uses the “pedestrian” as a chronotope to describe the “local peripatetic appropriations of global symbolic possibilities” that jazz affords there. This paper proposesshow more
22 Jun 2015 Journal Article Scrutiny2 - Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa
Scratching the Surface: the Home and the Haptic in Lauren Beukes's Zoo City and elsewhere
This paper deploys the haptic, and more broadly speaking, notions of multisensory reading and spectatorship to reconfigure perceptions of home. It explores configurations of home in the practice of the late French-Israeli visual artist, Absalon, to draw tropes of “complicity” and “contagion” into an intersection with discourses of moral hygiene arising from the modernistshow more
22 Jan 2015 Theory and Event
Inhabiting the Split: Dissident Aspirations in Times of War
Nadine Gordimer died on July 13, 2014, six days into the war on Gaza that the Israeli government named “Operation Protective Edge.” I met the initial news of her death with something approaching detachment. There were, after all, other losses to mourn. Six days into the war, it had become evident that there would be no rapid cessation of the military assault, unlikeshow more
1 Jan 2015 Book Chapter Marking Evil: Holocaust Memory in the Global Age
Genres of Identification: Holocaust Testimony and Postcolonial Witness
This chapter explores the strange intimacies of dis/avowal that obtain between Holocaust studies and postcolonial theory, with particular reference to writing by Aimé Césaire and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. For all that the Jewish body remains, by and large, unmourned in the canonical texts of postcolonial theory, the Holocaust has, I seek to argue, made an engagementshow more
1 May 2014 Review Article English in Africa
Achieved Professionalism : The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English and The Cambridge History of South African Literature
On May 31 1910, Professor John Purves of the Transvaal University College in Pretoria would use the coming into being of the Union of South Africa as an occasion to address South African literature, treating his subject with a mixture of regard and regret. "The literature of South Africa," he observed, "has not yet attained, like that of Canada and Australia to theshow more
2014 Book Chapter Approaches to Teaching Coetzee’s Disgrace and Other Works
Refusing Adamastor: Lucy Lurie and “White Writing” in Disgrace
In the aftermath of the rape of his daughter, Lucy, David Lurie, the protagonist of J. M. Coetzee’s postapartheid novel Disgrace, speculates that her assailants “will watch the newspapers, listen to the gossip. They will read that they are being sought for robbery and assault and nothing else. It will dawn on them that over the body of the woman silence is beingshow more
13 Sep 2013 Journal Article Safundi - The Journal of South African and American Studies
The Long-Distance South African: A Story of Reading for our Times
Stephen Clingman’s “Looking from South Africa to the World: A Story of Identity for our Times” begins by charting a journey across Johannesburg in the company of George Bizos who, together with Bram Fischer and Arthur Chaskalson, among others, had represented Nelson Mandela and his co-accused in the Rivonia Trial of 1963-64. The circuit that the piece inscribes is, inshow more
2 Jul 2013 Journal Article Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Lauren Beukes’s Post-Apartheid Dystopia: Inhabiting Moxyland
This article reads South African science-fiction writer Lauren Beukes’s first novel, Moxyland (2008), set in a futuristic Cape Town, from the perspective of Lindsay Bremner’s notion of “citiness”, asking how cities produce the modernity of the subjects who inhabit them. The novel is remarkable for its dependence on the social geography of the South African cityshow more
31 May 2013 Book (Reprint)
Rethinking Labour in Africa, Past and Present
This book offers a broad range of perspectives on major transformations in the research of labor in Africa contexts over the last twenty years. This is a groundbreaking work by social scientists and historians; adopting innovative paradigms in the study of African laborers, working classes and economies, it moves away from stringent Marxist perspectives towards moreshow more
21 Aug 2012 Book (Reprint)
Civil Imagination: A Political Ontology of Photography
Understanding photography is more than a matter of assessing photographs, writes Ariella Azoulay. The photograph is merely one event in a sequence that constitutes photography and which always involves an actual or potential spectator in the relationship between the photographer and the individual portrayed. The shift in focus from product to practice, outlined inshow more
19 Apr 2012 Journal Article Critical Arts - The Journal of South African and American Studies
Unruly Pedagogies; Migratory Interventions: Unsettling Cultural Studies
This special edition of Critical Arts arose from the interchange between affect and institution. We wagered that Mieke Bal's (2007a: 23) notion of a 'migratory aesthetics' might be a productive way of revisiting the cultural studies classroom as a site of 'sentient engagement' across disciplinary and other boundary lines. For Bal, sentient engagement, along itsshow more
2012 בלב הארץ
Failures of Love: J. M. Coetzee’s In the Heart of the Country, Afterword (Hebrew)
כשלונות האהבה: ג'.מ. קוטזי "בלב הארץ", אחרית דבר
הרומן השני של ג'.מ. קוטזי "בלב הארץ", היה יצירה יוצאת דופן לזמנה ולתקופתה. הוא ראה אור לראשונה בשנת 1977, במהדורות אנגליות ואמריקניות אשר השפיעו רבות על המוניטין העולים של קוטזי בזירה הבינלאומית. אבל גרסה דרום אפריקנית שהכילה דיאלוגים נרחבים בשפת אפריקאנס ראתה אור גם היא ב-Raven Press, הוצאה שהמו"ל שלה היה ממתנגדי השלטון, והגרסה הזאת הופצה רק בדרום אפריקה. מחשבותיי עלshow more
2012 Edited Volume Critical Arts - South-North Cultural and Media Studies
Unruly Pedagogies
Table of Contents Tribute to the late Professor Aggrey Brown Hopeton Dunn Unruly pedagogies; migratory interventions: unsettling cultural studies Louise Bethlehem & Ashleigh Harris Alter-egos: cultural and media studies Keyan G. Tomaselli Teaching disruption: reflections from a Johannesburg classroom Kelly Gillespie Into the borderlands: unruly pedagogy, tactileshow more
Jul 2011 Book
Tzeva mekomi: Apartheid le’or hathe’oria (Hebrew translation of Skin Tight: Apartheid Literary Culture and its Aftermath)
צבע מקומי: אפרטהייד לאור התיאוריה
ספרה של לואיז בית-לחם צבע מקומי נדרש לשיח ההיסטוריוגרפי שהתגבש בדרום אפריקה בתקופת האפרטהייד. מה מקומה של הספרות בתנאים של מצב-חירום פוליטי? כיצד מתיישב מעמדו של הטקסט הספרותי בתור שכזה עם חובו הדחוף למציאות שהייתה לאזור אסון? הספר מציג באופן ביקורתי את התביעה שרווחה בחוגי הספרות באותם ימים - להקריב את היסודות ה"ספרותיים" לטובת ייצוג "שקוף" של המציאות הכואבת; הוא מציעshow more
10 Feb 2011 Edited Volume (Reprint)
Violence and Non-Violence in Africa
This unique volume seeks both to historicize and to deconstruct the pervasive, almost ritualistic, association of Africa with forms of terrorism as well as extreme violence, the latter bordering on and including genocide. Africa is tendentiously associated with violence in the popular and academic imagination alike. Written by leading authorities in postcolonial studiesshow more
Feb 2011 Zochrot
Apartheid: A Double-Crossing
In the background stands a ruin: partly collapsed stone walls, a cavity, the roundness of a dome. There are fields receding in the background to a line of cypress trees, perhaps. I reconstruct, filling in the details from memory, or from a template of the ruin (‫] חורבה‬churvah] in Hebrew; ‫] خربة‬khirbe] in Arabic). This is a landscape so intimately familiar that itshow more
2 Sep 2010 Journal Article English Studies in Africa
Towards a Literary History of the Governed
Literary conferences have long provided a stage for negotiating transformations in South African literary studies in the various incarnations of the field. As an unscheduled guest at the symposium on Post-Transitional Literary Studies in Johannesburg in October 2009, I was keenly aware of my own ‘double involve [ment], double detach [ment]’with respect to the particularshow more
29 Jul 2010 The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism Blog
By/way of Passage
Gabi Ngcobo’s curatorial intervention “PASS-AGES: References & Footnotes” located in the space of the former Pass Office at the corner of Albert and Polly Street in Johannesburg engages with what it describes as “the most basic work of the apartheid state . . . the control of black bodies across the South African landscape.” It references in part the photography of theshow more
May 2010 Book Chapter Shadows of War
Now That All is Said and Done: Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa
In 1998, four years after the transition to democracy in South Africa, a five-volume Report answerable to the formal mandate of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was tabled on the public agenda there. The Commission, a crucial dimension of South Africa's negotiated settlement, was empowered to grant amnesty to politically motivated perpetratorsshow more
19 Aug 2009 Journal Article African Identities
Park Pictures: On the Work of Photography in Johannesburg
This article investigates the cultural economy of an inner-city Johannesburg park through tracking the work of itinerant photographers who operate there. The authors revisit Johannesburg artist Terry Kurgan's interactions with the photographers of Joubert Park in order to raise questions relating to their material and symbolic – or ‘immaterial’ – labour. They point toshow more
19 Aug 2009 Journal Article African Identities
Rethinking Labour in Africa, Past and Present
The study of labour in Africa has undergone important transformations over the last 20 years. Following a period of intense scrutiny from the 1950s to the 1980s, research on working classes, labour unions, capitalist expansion and proletarianisation in Africa experienced a decline that paralleled the political reality of the gradual marginalisation and disempowermentshow more
19 Aug 2009 Edited Volume African Identities
Rethinking Labour in Africa, Past and Present
Table of Contents Rethinking labour in Africa, past and present Lynn Schler, Louise Bethlehem & Galia Sabar Dialogical subjectivities for hard times: expanding political and ethical imaginaries of subaltern and elite Batswana women Pnina Werbner Work discipline, discipline in Tunisia: complex and ambiguous relations† Béatrice Hibou Migration for ‘white man's work’:show more
2009 Book Chapter (Reprint) J. M. Coetzee in Context and Theory
Elizabeth Costello as Post-Apartheid Text
In the last of the eight lessons that partly constitute the work which bears her name, Elizabeth Costello stands at the gate, and, standing there, is abandoned to a form of deixis which is irreducible to the coordinates, in time or space, of her literal positioning in a town where ‘the guardian of the gate never sleeps and the people in the cafés seem to have nowhereshow more
2009 Book Chapter Teaching the African Novel
The Pleasures of the Political: Apartheid and Postapartheid South African Fiction
“It is clear to me,” declared Chinua Achebe to an audience at Makerere University College, Kampala, in August 1968, “that an African creative writer who tries to avoid the big social and political issues of contemporary Africa will end up being completely irrelevant—like that absurd man in the proverb who leaves his burning house to pursue a rat fleeing from the flames”show more
31 Jul 2008 Critical Arts
Occasion for Reflection
Michael Chapman's review of my volume Skin tight: apartheid literary culture and its aftermath (Unisa/Brill 2006) provides an interesting occasion for self-reflection. My emphasis here does not fall on the question of whether or not I am able to recognise my book in the account Chapman gives of it. Rather it seems more useful to engage with some of the collectiveshow more
2008 Journal Article English Studies in Africa
Reading the Gaps — Relocating English Studies in Africa
'Literature', the late Edward Said remarked in his The World, The Text and the Critic (1983), is 'in the world', meaning that verbal articulations always bear the traces of the pulls and pressures exerted by the locality, the society and the time of the writer. Critics and teachers are equally entangled in a particular world although often not in the same one asshow more
2008 Edited Volume English Studies in Africa
The State of Literary Studies in South Africa
24 Sep 2007 Book
Skin Tight: Apartheid Literary Culture and its Aftermath
Skin Tight: Apartheid Literary Culture and its Aftermath traces the responses to the emergent paradigm of South African literary studies from the 1970s onwards. Embedded in the influential critical texts of the field, it claims, are hidden narratives - of land, race, gender, desire and embodiment. This volume explores these submerged dimension's of South Africanshow more
Aug 2007 Journal Article (Translation) הכיוון מזרח 14 - צועקים את שמך בהרבה לשונות
Notes to the Old Country: Body, Memory and Autobiographic Text (Hebrew)
איגרות לארץ הישנה: גוף, זיכרון וטקסט אוטוביוגרפי
״איגרות לארץ הישנה״, החלום האוטוביוגרפי בהקיץ שלי מתחיל, כשאני מוצאת את עצמי כותבת את הטקסט הזה במקום לכתוב את ביקורת הספר האקדמית אשר לה הוא מהווה - ואינו מהווה - תחליף. ״אינני אוהבת,״ אומרת המספרת בגוף ראשון: צעד הפתיחה שלה בדרמה אישית של עקירה. ״אינני אוהבת את הפוליטיקה של המסחרית בצבע בז׳ מתקלף, שנראית כעומדת לחנות פה, במקום חניה קטן מדי בשבילה, בעיר קטנה מדי בשבילshow more
15 Feb 2007 Book Chapter Violence and Non-Violence in Africa
Introduction: ‘Unsettling Violence’
Africa is tendentiously associated with violence in the historical, political and anthropological imagination, as well as in contemporary media representations. At the same time, forms of non-violent practice, significantly under-represented in theoretical and historical discussions, are integral to African social and historical experience and constitute an importantshow more
15 Feb 2007 Edited Volume
Violence and Non-Violence in Africa
This unique volume seeks both to historicize and to deconstruct the pervasive, almost ritualistic, association of Africa with forms of terrorism as well as extreme violence, the latter bordering on and including genocide. Africa is tendentiously associated with violence in the popular and academic imagination alike. Written by leading authorities in postcolonial studiesshow more
15 Sep 2006 Mail & Guardian
A Nostalgia for Truth: Review of John Kani, Nothing but the Truth
There is something foreknown about the set itself, its self-conscious gentility lovingly nurtured in the imagined space of the New Brighton township where Kani locates his characters. Take those covers on the back of the chair in which Kani will seat himself in just a few moments, those … ummm … antimacassars. The word surfaces from memory — and a certain comfort attachesshow more
Sep 2006 Book Chapter Theory and Criticism
Towards a Different Hybridity (Hebrew)
לקראת היברידיות אחרת
פוליטיקה של זהויות ותיאוריה פוסטקולוניאלית הן צמד חמד במפעל התיאורטי הישראלי. כתבי-עת מקומיים העוסקים בתיאוריה, אסופות ביקורתיות וגליונות מיוחדים המוקדשים לנושא אחד, לרבות גליון זה של תיאוריה וביקורת, יוצאים נשכרים מן הזיווג של תיאוריה פוסטקולוניאלית ורביזיוניזם מזרחי. בלי לחטוא בביקורת מיותרת על המסלול הפרדגימטי שנבחר כאן, ברצוני לפתוח בזהירות את שערי הלימודיםshow more
Sep 2006 Edited Volume Theory and Criticism
Research and Theory in Postcolonial Studies (Hebrew)
מחקר ותיאוריה בלימודים פוסטקולוניאליים
גיליון זה, המוקדש למחקר ולתיאוריה בלימודים פוסטקולוניאליים, הוא תוצר של סדנה ללימודים מתקדמים שהתקיימה במכון ון ליר בירושלים בספטמבר 2005. כל המאמרים בגיליון הוצגו ונידונו במהלך הסדנה, ואחר כך עברו תהליך ארוך של כתיבה, שיפוט, עיבוד והכנה לפרסום. גם אם מה שמובא כאך לפנינו הוא נתח קטן יחסית משפע העבודות שהוצגו בסדנה (בסך הכל הוצגו יותר מארבעים עבודות ותגובות -- ראו נספחshow more
2005 Journal Article Journal of Literary Studies
Materiality and the Madness of Reading: J.M. Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello as Post-Apartheid Text
Unlike the “situationsl metafiction” (Attwell 1993: 20) of J.M. Coetzee's earlier novels, whose imbrication in the political matrix of the late‐apartheid State has become a matter of critical orthodoxy, Elizabeth Costello: Eight Lessons (2003) rejects a South African emplacement for its writer‐protagonist and hereby seems to suspend questions relating to theshow more
2004 Journal Article African Studies
Membership, Dismemberment and the Boundaries of the Nation - Manfred Nathan's Sarie Marais: A Romance of the Anglo-Boer War
I am not primarily drawn to this work as historical fiction in a conventional sense, however. The events of the South African War (1899–1902) will interest me only tangentially, for one thing. Nor are questions of historiographic adequacy at stake. While conceding in advance that the historical event is inevitably congealed into trope in any written account, fictionalshow more
2004 Book (Reprint)
South Africa in the Global Imaginary
This award-winning collection of essays about culture and identity was written from the perspective of post-apartheid South Africa. Voted best special issue of 2001 by the Council of Editors of Learned Journal.
1 Oct 2003 Journal Article African Identities
Aneconomy in an Economy of Melancholy: Embodiment and Gendered Identity in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace
Disgrace disturbs. South African literary culture has not been dilatory in using the disturbance that Coetzee’s 1999 novel incites to elaborate a certain pessimism regarding the viability of whiteness in post-apartheid South Africa. Whether articulated as ‘The Lucy Syndrome’(Roodt 2000) or as ‘Liberal Funk’(Heyns 2000, see also Marais 2001), both of which imputeshow more
2002 Journal Article Scrutiny2 - Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa
Facing Disgrace: Coetzee and the Israeli Intellectual
Coetzee, who casts a sober and even somewhat cruel gaze over the aftermath of the enormous victory of the anti-apartheid struggle, demands sustained skepticism regarding some of the illusions attaching to 'Truth and Reconciliation' in South Africa. Recently published in Hebrew in Smadar Millo's very fine translation, JM Coetzee's Disgrace tells the story of Davidshow more
2002 Journal Article Scrutiny2 - Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa
Pliant/Compliant; Grace/Disgrace; Plaint/Complaint
We are reminded of a complaint widely associated with the work of Coetzee in his more allegorical phase, a kind of de-referential slipperiness which, said Coetzee's detractors (and they were many), amounted to a `studied refusal to accept historical responsibility'.
2002 Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies
Two Vignettes and a Body
Zionism transported me. In 1985, I left Johannesburg to take up residence in a city on the periphery of Tel Aviv. I expected, in time, to rewrite the rupture of longing as the rapture of belonging: for I had been transported, carried away by strong emotion. But with time, I learnt to see my displacement as colluding in an old apartheid narrative instead: to each ethnicityshow more
2002 Journal Article פלסטיקה
Pliant/Compliant; Grace/Disgrace; Plaint/Complaint (Hebrew)
סבלנות/סתגלנות, חן/חרפה, קינה/תקינה: על הספר חרפה ג.מ. קוטזי
מאמר זה עוסק בפראקסיס של גוף, בפרדוקס הפוליטי של ייצוג הגוף הנשי, הגוף הלסבי - אצל ג'ון קוטזי. עליך לדמיין את הגוף של המחברת של הטקסט הנוכחי שפונה אליך עתה בשפה, שאיננה שפת-אמה.
בפעם הראשונה כשסוראיה אירחה את דיוויד לורי, כותב ג'ון קוטזי, היא היתה מאופרת באודם עז ובצללית כבדה. "האיפור הדביק לא מצא חן בעיניו" של לורי והוא ביקש שתסיר אותו. סוראיה - הזונה, האשה
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1 Jun 2001 Journal Article Poetics Today
“A Primary Need as Strong as Hunger”: The Rhetoric of Urgency in South African Literary Culture under Apartheid
Under apartheid, discussions of literary function and value in South African literature in English are refracted through an elaborate rhetoric that posits "urgency" as the necessary correlative and consequence of political commitment. My essay examines this "rhetoric of urgency" in the context of the overwhelmingly realist dominant of South African literary culture inshow more
2001 Edited Volume Poetics Today
South Africa in the Global Imaginary
This special issue of Poetics Today explores the development of a South African literary identity in the face of its staggering cultural, historical, and linguistic diversity. The collection uses the idea of the "global imaginary" to explore the ways the outside world has constructed ideas about South African literature as well as the way South Africans themselves haveshow more
Sep 2000 Journal Article HAGAR: Studies in Culture, Polity & Identities
Notes to the Old Country: Body, Memory and Autobiographic Text
"Notes to the old country," my autobiographic reverie begins, as I find myself penning this text instead of writing the academic book review, for which it is--and is not--a substitute. "I do not like," says the first-person narrator: her opening move in a personal drama of displacement. I do not like the politics of the peeling cream pickup-truck which seemsshow more
May 2000 Review Article English in Africa
In the Between: Time, Space, Text in Recent South African Literary Theory
The dust-jacket of Kate Darian-Smith, Sarah Nuttall and Liz Gunner's collection Text, Theory, Space terms it a "landmark text in post-colonial criticism and comparative studies." The publishers' recourse here to the word "landmark" is, to my mind, curiously and ambiguously replete. "Landmark" is foregrounded in excess of its cliched or made-for-review usefulness, preciselyshow more
1999 Journal Article The South Atlantic Quarterly
Strange Loops and Writes-of-Passage: Double-Crossing Diaspora
Johannesburg. Late winter, 1996. I begin reading The Heart in Exile: South African Poetry in English, 1990-1995. The polemics of its reception render it a promising site to investigate the role of the poetry anthology in shaping the national imaginary of a "new" South Africa. Still, I cannot deny the intimation that, viewed from the anticipated retrospect of Telshow more
Mar 1998 Journal Article Meta: Translators' Journal
The Status of Translated Literature in the Creation of Hebrew Literature in Pre-State Israel (the Yishuv Period)
This article discusses the central function translated litterature had in the crystallization of original Hebrew culture. It looks at how translated literature was used to fill some of the missing functions of original literature and how the activity of translation was perceived as a form of literary creation. It analyses the process according to which the attitudeshow more
1998 PhD Dissertation Tel Aviv University
Literary Historiographic Discourse under Apartheid: 1976-1985
Supervisor: Prof. Hannan Hever
Since Hayden White's interrogations of the practices of historiography (i.e., history viewed as a form of writing, or written knowledge; cf. White 1973, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1992), it has become commonplace to acknowledge the mutual imbrication of history and narrative. Building on the insights of White, Edward Said (1978), Benedict Anderson (1986 [ 1983])show more
1998 Journal Article Scrutiny2 - Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa
Charming the Hide off the Elephant
"Poetry comes alive at Wits" proclaimed the advance publicity in the Mail and Guardian some three weeks before the start of the "Languages of poetry conference" (1-7 August 1997). Elsewhere on the page, Leon de Kock's review of Jeremy Cronin had the reviewer poised somewhere between regret that Cronin's "lyrical locutions are not also published in theshow more
Oct 1997 Journal Article English in Africa
"Under the Proteatree, at Daggaboersnek" : Stephen Gray, Literary Historiography and The Limit Trope of the Local
In a well-known formulation of the equally well-known difficulties of South African literary historiography, A. C. Partridge states: "The critic who essays to chart the terra incognita of S. A. English prose is, perhaps, less intrepid than foolish. In the state of our knowledge about it all he can safely do is locate the landmarks a pleasant kloof here, a rugged eminenceshow more
May 1997 Journal Article Prooftexts
"Our Poetry Is Like an Orange Grove": Anthologies of Hebrew Poetry in Erets Israel
SINCE THE EARLIEST DAYS OF THE JEWISH SETTLEMENT (Yishuv) in pre-State Israel, the literary form of the anthology has served as an instrument for creating as well as documenting Hebrew cultural discourse. Once it was included within an anthology and thereby trans-mitted to the community of writers and readers, even an individual poem or story played a role in theshow more
1997 Journal Article Cognition and figurative language
The Scandal of Simile, or Multiple Figures and Figurative Multiplicity
This article concerns itself with the reading of a body of similes which depart markedly from conventional expectations about this figure, in particular, and about figurality in general. To speak of simile as figure; moreover as exemplifying a certain altered view of figurality, is already to assume a doubly scandalous stance with respect to dominant tendencies in theshow more
1996 Journal Article Poetics Today
Simile and Figurative Language
This article challenges the status of simile in some central contributions to the canonical tradition of metaphor theory, including those of Paul Henle, Winifred Nowottny, and Max Black. It claims that a trajectory leading to the defiguration of simile characterizes these theoretical interventions, since the privileging of metaphor as the "figure of figures, the figureshow more
1993 Journal Article Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
In/articulation: Polysystem Theory, Postcolonial Discourse Theory, and South African Literary Historiography
"Every day, in every way," writes Kwame Anthony Appiah, quoting John Wisdom, "we are getting meta and meta" (1991:150). Irony aside, my paper resolutely seeks to "get meta" on the understanding that metatheoretical investigation is far from an ivory-tower luxury of First World post-structuralists. Rather it is a crucial component of theoretical practice, not least soshow more
1990 Review Article Poetics Today
White Writing: On the Culture of Letters in South Africa
Teresa Dovey sees in J. M. Coetzee's novels a fusion of novelistic and critical discourses. "They are criticism-as-fiction, or fiction-as-criticism" (9). Coetzee's White Writing, for its part. may be less ambiguously classified. In this collection of seven critical essays. Coetzee addresses "certain of the ideas, the great intellectual schemas through which Southshow more
Jan 1990 Journal Article Prooftexts
Neo-Decadence in Israeli Poetry 1955–1965: The Case of Nathan Zach
THUS WROTE BRENNER in Meihathalah (From the Beginning), a work describing the first generation of Hebrew youth growing up in Israel at the beginning of the century.' The same might equally be said of Israeli literature subsequent to the establishment of the State. During the 1950s, it absorbed elements originating in European Decadence, without its authors'show more