This book explores the power of print and the politics of the book in South Africa from a range of disciplinary perspectives—historical, bibliographic, literary-critical, sociological, and cultural studies. The essays collected here, by leading international scholars, address a range of topics as varied as: the role of print cultures in contests over the nature of the colonial public sphere in the nineteenth century; orthography; iimbongi, orature and the canon; book- collecting and libraries; print and transnationalism; Indian Ocean cosmopolitanisms; books in war; how the fates of South African texts, locally and globally, have been affected by their material instantiations; photocomics and other ephemera; censorship, during and after apartheid; books about art and books as art; local academic publishing; and the challenge of ‘book history’ for literary and cultural criticism in contemporary South Africa.
Acerca de Leon de Kock
Leon de Kock is Senior Research Associate in the Department of English at the University of Johannesburg. He is a poet, translator, essayist, and occasional writer of fiction. His writing includes the novel, Bad Sex (2011); three volumes of poetry: Bloodsong (1997), Gone to the Edges (2006), Bodyhood (2010); several works of literary translation, and academic books.
Acerca de Patrick Denman Flanery
Patrick Denman Flanery is professor of Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.
Acerca de Rita Barnard
Rita Barnard is Director of the Comparative Literature Programme and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.
Acerca de Jarad Zimbler
Jarad Zimbler is Lecturer in Modern English Literature at the University of Birmingham.
Acerca de Natasha Distiller
Natasha Distiller is Research Associate in the Institute for the Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town.
Acerca de Sarah Nuttall
Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and director of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Acerca de Isabel Hofmeyr
Isabel Hofmeyr is a Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Acerca de Jeff Opland
Jeff Opland is Visiting Professor of African Language and Literatures at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Research Fellow in the Department of African Languages at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.
Acerca de Archie L. Dick
Archie L. Dick is a Professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria.
Acerca de John Gouws
John Gouws is Emeritus Professor at Rhodes University and Professor Extraordinary at North-West University.
Acerca de Lucy Valerie Graham
Lucy Valerie Graham is an NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Western Cape.
Acerca de Lize Kriel
Lize Kriel is a professor in theDepartment of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria.
Acerca de Bronwyn Law-Viljoen
Bronwyn Law-Viljoen is an associate professor and head of Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand, the editor and co-founder of Fourthwall Books.
Acerca de Elizabeth le Roux
Elizabeth le Roux is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing Studies at the University of Pretoria.
Acerca de Peter D. McDonald
Peter D. McDonald is Fellow in English at St Hugh’s College, Oxford and a Professor in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford.
Acerca de Lily Saint
Lily Saint is Assistant Professor of English at Wesleyan University.
Acerca de Meg Samuelson
Meg Samuelson is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Cape Town.
Acerca de Deborah Seddon
Deborah Seddon is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Rhodes University.
Acerca de Hedley Twidle
Hedley Twidle is a Senior lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Cape Town.
Acerca de Andrew van der Vlies
Andrew van der Vlies is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Postcolonial Studies at Queen Mary University of London.
Acerca de Margriet van der Waal
Margriet van der Waal is Senior Lecturer Euroculture and Professor by special appointment South African literature, culture and history at the University of Groningen.