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Shifting Fields: Imagining Literary Renewal in Itinerário and Drum
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2007 (English)In: Research in African Literatures, ISSN 0034-5210, E-ISSN 1527-2044, Vol. 38, no 2, 206-226 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article looks at the beginnings of anti-apartheid/anticolonial literary cultures in Johannesburg and Maputo (then Lourenço Marques) after the Second World War. It pays specific attention to the ways in which they attempted to harness aesthetics of "newness." By focusing on the influential journals Drum (1951-) and ttinerário (1941-1955), I argue that both journals tapped into transnational intellectual currents such as Harlem Renaissance writing, but that the discrete discursive networks of English and Portuguese contributed to a differentiation of their aesthetic approaches. Itinerário acted out an avantgarde-like resistance to bourgeois/colonial culture. Drum was market-driven and achieved in its early phase a compromise between a racially circumscribed mass-cultural appeal and the literate ideals of mission-educated South African blacks. These differences can then be factored into an analysis of persistent differences between the literatures of South Africa and Mozambique.

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2007. Vol. 38, no 2, 206-226 p.
Keyword [en]
Southern African literature, South Africa, Mozambique, modernism, neo-realism, anticolonialism, Lusophone literature, Anglophone literature, transnationalism, Bourdieu
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11445DOI: 10.2979/RAL.2007.38.2.206ISI: 000246503800017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-11445DiVA: diva2:39214
Available from: 2007-09-14 Created: 2007-09-14 Last updated: 2011-01-28Bibliographically approved

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