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Present Imperfect: Contemporary South African Writing

Andrew van der Vlies


Present Imperfect asks how South African writers have responded to the end of apartheid, to the hopes that attended the birth of the ‘new’ nation in 1994, and to the inevitable disappointments that have followed. The first full-length study of affect in South Africa’s literature, it understands ‘disappointment’ both as a description of bad feeling and as naming a missed appointment with all that was promised by the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid Struggle (a dis-appointment). Attending to contemporary writers’ treatment of temporality, genre, and form, it considers a range of negative feeling ... More

Keywords: South Africa, South African literature, postapartheid, novel, affect, temporality, disappointment, postcolonial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793762
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198793762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew van der Vlies, author
Reader in Global Anglophone Literature and Theory, Department of English, Queen Mary University of London & Extraordinary Associate Professor, Department of English, University of the Western Cape