Writing Namibia

Writing Namibia is an account on Namibian literature in transition.
Krishnamurthy, Sarala; Vale, Helen; Melber, Henning
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Title: Writing Namibia
Subtitle: Literature in Transition
Editors: Sarala Krishnamurthy, Helen Vale
Authors: Henning Melber, Margie Orford, Kelly Jo Fulkerson-Dikuua, Patrick Colm Hogan, Jason Owens, Alfeus Tjijoro, Petrus Mbenzi, Hugh Ellis, Don Stevenson, Laurinda Olivier-Sampson, Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja, Hans-Christian Mahnke, Brian Harlech-Jones, Netta Romberg, Juliet S. Pasi, Nelson Mlambo, Andree-Jeanne Tötemeyer, Helize van Vuuren, Kerry Jones, Megan Biesele, Sylvia Schlettwein, Jane Katjavivi, Kelly Jo Fulkerson-Dikuua
Publisher: University of Namibia Press
Windhoek, Namibia 2018
ISBN 9789991642338
Softcover, 16 x 24 cm, 392 pages, several b/w illustrations

About: Writing Namibia: Literature in Transition

Dorian Haarhoff about Writing Namibia: Literature in Transition: This is 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. The 22 chapters cover literature of all genres in Namibia since independence: written and performance poetry, praise poetry, Oshiwambo orature, drama, novels, autobiography, women's writing, subaltern studies, literature in German, Jul'hoansi and Otjiherero, children's literature, Afrikaans fiction, story-telling through film, publishing, and the interface between literature and society. The strength of Writing Namibia: Literature in Transition lies in its egalitarian and inclusive approach and the way it contextualizes the political archaeology of place, time and people. Writing Namibia restores balance in addressing silences around gender race and orature.

Content: Writing Namibia: Literature in Transition

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Introduction: Setting the context
The shifting grounds of emancipation: From the anti-colonial struggle to a critique of post-colonial society
Gathering scattered archives
Conceptualising national transition: Namibian women's autobiographies about the liberation struggle
Emplotting nationalism: Comparing Sam Nujomas Where Others Wavered and Joseph Diescho's Born of the Sun
The forgotten child of Namibia: An analysis of Misheke Matongo's autobiography
Otjiherero literature in transition from the oral to the written word
Gender stereotypes in Oshiwambo orature
Who speaks at Spoken Word? Performance poetry in Namibia
'Call of the Witpenssuikerbekkie': Landscape as symbol in contemporary Namibian poetry
Namibian poetry since independence: A poet's perspective Keamogetsi Joseph Molapong
Representing Namibian drama (1985-2000): Frederick Philander
When applied theatre is no rehearsal for the revolution
The development in theatre since independence: A director's perspective
Reading Namibian film
The Namibian novel: Reflections of an author
Power at the margins: Black female agency in two Namibian novels
Autotelic violence: An analysis of selected Namibian short stories in Elizabeth |Khaxas' We Must Choose Life
'Keeping a pet Bushman alive': Piet van Rooyen's Namibian oeuvre
Will there be written literature in Jul'hoansi, a Khoesan language of Namibia?
Multilingual children's books in an independent Namibia: The emergence of a new literature
When the colonised imperialists go post-colonial: Namibian-German literature since independence
Books, words and truth in Namibia: The contribution of New Namibia Books (1990-2005)
About the editors
About the authors