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Title:A case of story: Coetzee, Gordimer, Bosman...!
Author:Chapman, MichaelISNI
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
short stories
About person:Herman Charles Bosman (1905-1951)
Abstract:In present-day South Africa, the short story appears to be more popular than the novel in terms of a reading audience. The present author suggests that the imaginative climate in South Africa after apartheid is conducive to short stories as opposed to novels. With large, singular plots discredited (the narrative of nationalism or socialism), the short story permits smaller, various, often unconventional insights. These find consonance in a country in the complexity of its transition from an authoritarian order to a civil imaginary. Despite a willing readership, however, the short story suffers relative neglect in academe. One reason may be the difficulty of defining the form of a short story. With this paper, the author pays tribute to one of South Africa's great practitioners of the short story, Herman Charles Bosman (1905-1951). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]