The Complexities of Speaking in Public After Apartheid: An Excerpt from Antjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public Sphere
UKZN Press has shared an excerpt from Antjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public Sphere: Speaking Poetry to Power, a new publication by Anthea Garman.
In the book, Garman considers the contribution of Antjie Krog, the prolific poet, non-fiction author and activist, to the post-apartheid public sphere.
Krog was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards on Saturday; and delivered a controversial address that called for white South Africans to perform a “radical act of outreach”, similar to those captured in the iconic images of Nelson Mandela at the 1995 Rugby World Cup and at his presidential inauguration with Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk.
The speech was made in the context of the Rhodes Must Fall movement, and despite reaction to it being mixed, it highlighted Krog’s position as an influential and authoritative public intellectual.
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According to Garman, in a context where “the public debate about who has authority to speak often falls into racial polarisation or pro- or anti-ANC government positions”, Krog “enables an elucidation of the many hidden factors that make voice possible”.
Read the excerpt from Antjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public Sphere, taken from the Chapter 1: “Who Speaks? Public Intellectual Activity in Post-Apartheid South Africa”.
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