The Muzzled Muse

Literature and censorship in South Africa

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“The long history of censorship is a parallel and equally powerful history of literature. Censors bear witness to the power of the word even more forcefully than the writers and the readers they consider dangerous.” (Index on Censorship 6/1996)
A critical assessment of literature produced under censorship needs to take into account that the stategies of the censors are answered by strategies of the writers and the readers. To recognize self-censoring strategies in writing, it is necessary to know the specific restrictions of the censorship regime in question. In South Africa under apartheid all writers were confronted with the question of how to respond to the pressure of censorship. This confrontation took a different form however, depending on what group the writer belonged to and what language he/she used. By looking at white writers writing in Afrikaans and white and black writers writing in English, this book gives the impact of censorship on South African literature a comparative examination which it has not received before. The book considers works by J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, André Brink, and others less known to readers outside South Africa like Karel Schoeman, Louis Krüger, Christopher Hope, Miriam Tlali and Mtutuzeli Matshoba. It treats the censorship laws of the apartheid regime as well as, in the final chapter, the new law of the Mandela government which shows some surprising similarities to its predecessor.
Margreet de Lange teaches Comparative Literature at Utrecht University and coordinates the University’s interdisciplinary program of South African Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
“De Lange expertly sketches in the historical and literary backgrounds as she goes, taking us right up to the recent (unsatisfactory) revision of the censorship laws, making The Muzzled Muse a vitally important summary of literary censorship in South Africa, and a handbook of what to guard against in the future.”
Shaun de Waal, Mail & Guardian Sept. 26 to October 1, 1997
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Table of Contents
Preface
Ampie Coetzee
xi
Introduction
1
1. South Africa and Censorship
7
2. The Application of the Publications Act
13
3. Censorship and Afrikaans Literature
31
4. Afrikaans Authors and Censorship: Dislocation as Strategy
45
5. Censorship and White English Literature
65
6. English Authors and Censorship: Moving to Different Levels of Abstraction
79
7. Censorship and Black Literature in English
113
8. Black Authors and Censorship: No Place to Hide
137
9. Censorship in a Democratic South Africa
155
Conclusion
169
References
171
Index
179
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BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
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