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Title:Symposium: African biography: hagiography or demonization
Author:Michael, Cheryl-AnnISNI
Periodical:Social Dynamics
Geographic terms:Africa
East Africa
West Africa
South Africa
French language
English language
biographies (form)
About persons:Albertina Sisulu (1918-2011)ISNI
Walter Sisulu (1912-2003)ISNI
Dambudzo Marechera (1952-1987)ISNI
Yvonne Vera (1965-2005)ISNI
Shiva Naipaul (1945-1985)ISNI
Arthur Nortje (1942-1970)ISNI
Jacques Méniaud
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsdy20/30/1
Abstract:The hagiographic origins of the biography as a genre have been particularly resonant in recent South African history. All writing on South Africa's transition has willy-nilly been shaped by the discourse associated with a series of miracles that, allegedly, brought about the transition. The papers published in this special issue attempt to find a dividing line between hagiography and biography, in order to reveal the historical usefulness of particular contributions. Contents:Introduction: African biography: hagiography or demonization? by Cheryl-Ann Michael; Killing the father: childhood and renewal of self-narrative in Dambudzo Marechera's fiction [Zimbabwe], by Robert Muponde; Biography, nationalism and Yvonne Vera's 'Nehanda' [Zimbabwe], by Desiree Lewis; Holding the traveller's gaze accountable in Shiva Naipaul's 'North of South: an African journey' [East Africa], by Tom Odhiambo; Biography and colonial discourse in French West Africa [Jacques Méniaud's account of French penetration of West Africa in the second half of the 19th century], by Alioune Sow; The body in biography [the poetry of Arthur Nortje, South Africa], by Dirk Klopper; Mrs. Sisulu's husband: subversion of gender roles in an African marriage [South Africa], by Elinor Sisulu; Writing biography: an interview with Jon Hyslop, John Matshikiza and Mark Gevisser, by Sarah Nuttall. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]