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Excerpt from Bra Gib by Rolf Solberg

Bra GibUKZN Press shared an extract from Bra Gib: Father of South Africa’s Township Theatre by Rolf Solberg. This book chronicles the life of Gibson Mthuthuzeli Kente and how he changed the face of African theatre.

Read the extract which includes the first two chapters describing Kente’s upbringing and his early plays.

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Excerpt from The Fate of the Eastern Cape Edited by Greg Ruiters

The Fate of the Eastern CapeUKZN Press has published an excerpt from The Fate of the Eastern Cape: History, Politics and Social Policy edited by Greg Ruiters.

Read about the contributors to the book and the first chapter, titled “The Politics of Scale and the Political Foundations of the Eastern Cape”, as well as the introduction by Ruiters:

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Excerpt from Polarization and Transformation in Zimbabwe by Erin McCandless

Polarization and Transformation in ZimbabweUKZN Press has shared an excerpt from Polarization and Transformation in Zimbabwe: The Counter-Movement for Land Redistribution and Constitutional Change by Erin McCandless. In the excerpt polarization in Zimbabwe is broken down into a few concepts and the aims of the book are discussed.

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Excerpt from SA Lit Beyond 2000 Edited by Michael Chapman and Margaret Lenta

SA Lit Beyond 2000In the Introduction to SA Lit Beyond 2000, Michael Chapman explains that, “The impulse to look beyond 2000 was provoked by Leon de Kock’s article, ‘Does South African Literature Still Exist?’ (2005)”. Chapman discusses the challenges involved in trying to “delineate a field, ‘South African Literature’, in relation to descriptive and definitional terms that have begun to be used with some persistence”.

Read Chapman’s Introduction as well as the Preface to SA Lit Beyond 2000:

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Excerpt from Prodigal Daughters: Stories of South African Women in Exile Edited by Lauretta Ngcobo

Prodigal DaughtersIn the acknowledgements for Prodigal Daughters: Stories of South African Women in Exile, Lauretta Ngcobo recounts how she spent time reminiscing with Thokozile maZulu Chaane just hours before she died. It was at Chaane’s funeral that Ngcobo and other women who had been in exile agreed that it was important to recall their histories and capture them for posterity.

In the introduction to the book, Sumboornam (Sam) Moodley commends Ngcobo for the “rich literary tapestry” she has woven from the stories of these women. Read Ngcobo’s own introduction and Brigalia Hlophe Bam’s chapter, “Lessons from exile”:

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Extract from African Responses to HIV/AIDS Edited by Segun Ige and Tim Quinlan

African Responses to HIV/AIDSMany African governments are still ambivalent about their citizens’ right to life, according to Segun Ige and Tim Quinlan, editors of African Responses to HIV/AIDS. The HIV/AIDS rhetoric favoured by some African governments amount to “a travesty”, they write in the introduction of this book.

Read an excerpt from African Responses to HIV/AIDS, shared on Scribd, which includes the introduction as well as part of the first chapter, titled “HIV/AIDS and the State: A Critique of Leadership in Africa”:

African Responses to HIV-AIDS by LittleWhiteBakkie

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Excerpt from Small Things by Nthikeng Mohlele

Small ThingsUKZN Press has shared a book preview of Nthikeng Mohlele’s new novel Small Things. The book is recommended by none other than JM Coetzee, who called it “melancholy and comic in equal proportions” and said that, “Behind this story of love, music and the eternal quest, lies an artistic sensibility as generous as it is complex.”

In this excerpt from the first chapter, we witness the beginnings of the protagonist’s love for the postmaster’s daughter, Desiree:

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Excerpt from A World of Their Own by Meghan Healy-Clancy

A World of Their OwnUKZN Press has shared a preview of A World of Their Own: A History of South African Women’s Education by Meghan Healy-Clancy.

Read Healy-Clancy’s introduction about Durban’s Inanda Seminary, which was established in 1869 by the American Zulu Mission of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions:

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Excerpt from Marabi Nights: Jazz, ‘Race’ and Society by Christopher Ballantine

Marabi NightsUKZN Press has shared a preview of Marabi Nights: Jazz, ‘Race’ and Society by Christopher Ballantine.

Read Ballantine’s introduction that lays down the different eras of jazz in South Africa and explains that they “also open upon broader perspectives, provide ways of thinking about more general issues, support or undermine related arguments developed elsewhere, in other narratives.”

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Excerpt from How to Be a Real Gay by Graeme Reid

How to be a Real GayThe Mail & Guardian have published an excerpt from How to Be a Real Gay by Graeme Reid.

Reid recounts the various mishaps and near-mishaps that took place behind the scenes at the Miss Gay Ten Years of Democracy pageant held in Ermelo in 2004. The book examines gay identities in small town South Africa and takes its title from a series of workshops organised by gay activists in Ermelo.

When Thulani announced that he was dropping out as an organiser of the pageant, just hours before the doors of the Wesselton Hall were due to open, he left Bhuti to take care of all the arrangements. And most of them still needed taking care of.

For one thing, the hall was locked and, we were told, the caretaker who held the keys was in a shebeen adjacent to the taxi rank in town. Furthermore, the event had been advertised for a different venue. Although the fine print on the receipt read “Wesselton Hall”, Bhuti was under the impression that he had booked the Gert Sibande Hall. “Gert Sibande” was printed on all the posters and everyone would need to be redirected.

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