Shakespeare and South Africa (Hardback)
  • Shakespeare and South Africa (Hardback)

Shakespeare and South Africa (Hardback)

Hardback 286 Pages / Published: 04/04/1996
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Shakespeare and South Africa is a lively and topical study of the teaching and criticism of Shakespeare in South Africa from the early nineteenth century to the present day, covering a number of key historical moments in the interpretation of Shakespeare. David Johnson's work makes a valuable contribution to the well-established debate focused on the `neo-colonial' use of `English Literature' and to the more recent interest in the conditions of cultural assimilation. Johnson's wide range of source materials - including Cape Department of Eduacation examination papers and exam reports, as well as newspaper articles and essays - provides detailed and original research into the formualtion of a literary education policy in South Africa. The perceptive insights into changes in thinking about pedagogic and cultural issues in the South African colonial 'periphery' and into the values associated with those changes makes for fascinating reading, and a significant resource for South African cultural studies.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198183150
Number of pages: 286
Weight: 497 g
Dimensions: 223 x 143 x 21 mm

important in its own right, ... what emerges forcefully from this book, rich in anecdote and example, is a view of Shakespeare as having been a vehicle for many competing groups within the sharply divided and passionate politics of South Africa. ... Admirable in its attention to political context and detailed citation from published sources, ... David Johnson has made a valuable contribution to knowledge, worth the effort it takes to extract nuggets of history from the tangled argument./Michael Mullin/Jnl of English & Germanic Philology/July 1998
fascinating and frustrating account of nearly 200 years of Shakespeare in South Afica. * Times Higher Education Supplement *

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