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Published: 14 October 2010

434 Pages | Numerous black-and-white halftones


ISBN: 9780199591114

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The Literature Police

Apartheid Censorship and Its Cultural Consequences

Peter D. McDonald

  • A fascinating account of the inner workings of literary censorship carried out in the name of one of the most repressive regimes of the post-war era, and of the cultural resistance it inspired
  • Focuses on the work of well-known writers - including Nadine Gordimer, J. M. Coetzee, Andre Brink, Breyten Breytenbach, and Es'kia Mphahlele - as well as attending to the vast number of more obscure, but no less inventive, figures whose cultural and political impact was significant but not widely recognised
  • Transforms our understanding of the literary history of apartheid South Africa - and adds a new chapter to the story of the struggle against apartheid both in South Africa and the wider world
  • Draws on and presents a wealth of original and previously unknown material - state archives, the archives of publishers and writers' groups, and oral testimony by censors, writers and publishers
  • Uncovers the roles of the often forgotten gatekeepers and guardians who make and unmake the space of culture - publishers, reviewers, prize judges, writers themselves, and, more perversely, censors

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