Writing Namibia: Literature in Transition

University of Namibia Press
392 pages - 235mm x 153mm
Paperback / softback (9789991642338)
Digital download (9789991642345)

A cornucopia of extraordinary and fascinating material which will entrance readers and be a rich resource for students and teachers. The text is wide ranging, defining literature in its broadest terms. The book, in its multifaceted approach, covers many genres traditionally outside academic literary discourse and debate, as well as issues of culture, history, politics and sociology. In a blend of styles, both Namibian and international scholars, writers and poets explore inter-linking themes, such as publishing in local languages, the development of applied theatre, cultural and gender stereotypes, violence, and post-colonial ideas regarding indigenous creative processes. The book is testimonial to the Namibian wellspring of talent, material, ideas and inspiration.


Foreword - Andrédu Pisani

Introduction:Setting the Context - Sarala Krishnamurthy and Helen Vale

Chapter 1 TheShifting Grounds of Emancipation: From the Anti-Colonial Struggle to a Critiqueof Post-Colonial Society - Henning Melber

Chapter 2Gathering Scattered Archives - Margie Orford

Chapter 3Conceptualising National Transition: Namibian Women’s Autobiographies about theLiberation Struggle - Kelly Jo Fulkerson-Dikuua

Chapter 4Emplotting Nationalism: Comparing Sam Nujoma’s Where Others Wavered and JosephDiescho’s Born of the Sun - Patrick Colm Hogan

Chapter 5 TheForgotten Child of Namibia: An Analysis of Misheke Matongo’s Autobiography -Jason Owens and Sarala Krishnamurthy

Chapter 6Otjiherero Literature in Transition from the Oral to the Written Word - AlfeusTjijoro

Chapter 7 GenderStereotypes in Oshiwambo Orature - Petrus Mbenzi

Chapter 8 WhoSpeaks at Spoken Word? Performance Poetry in Namibia - Hugh Ellis and Don Stevenson

Chapter 9 ‘Callof the Witpenssuikerbekkie’: Landscape as a Symbol in Contemporary NamibianPoetry - Sarala Krishnamurthy

Chapter 10Namibian Poetry since Independence: A Poet’s Perspective - Keamogetsi JosephMolapong interviewed by Helen Vale

Chapter 11Representing Namibian Drama (1985-2000): Frederick Philander - LaurindaOlivier-Sampson

Chapter 12 WhenApplied Theatre is No Rehearsal for the Revolution - NashilongweshipweMushaandja

Chapter 13 TheDevelopment in Theatre since Independence: a Director’s Perspective - SandyRudd interviewed by Helen Vale

Chapter 14Reading the Namibian Film - Hans-Christian Mahnke

Chapter 15 TheNamibian Novel:  Reflections of an Author- Brian Harlech-Jones

Chapter 16 Powerat the Margins: A Black Female Agency in Two Namibian Novels - Netta SarahKornberg

Chapter 17utotelic Violence: An Analysis of Namibian Short Stories in Elizabeth Khaxas’sWe Must Choose Life - Juliet S. Pasi and Nelson Mlambo

Chapter 18‘Keeping a pet bushman alive’: Piet van Rooyen’s Namibian Oeuvre - Helize vanVuuren

Chapter 19 Willthere be Written Literature in the Ju ’hoansi, a Khoesan Language of Namibia? -Kerry Jones and Megan Biesele

Chapter 20Multilingual Children’s Books in an Independent Namibia: The Emergence of a NewLiterature - Andree-Jeanne Tötemeyer

Chapter 21 Whenthe Colonised Imperialists go Post-Colonial: Namibian-German Literaturesince   Independence - Sylvia Schlettwein

Chapter 22Books, Words and Truth in Namibia: The contribution of New Namibia Books (1990- 2005) - Jane Katjavivi


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