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Title:Trauma, memory, and narrative in South Africa: interviews
Editors:Mengel, EwaldISNI
Borzaga, MichelaISNI
Periodical:Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society (ISSN 0932-9714)
Geographic term:South Africa
truth and reconciliation commissions
interviews (form)
About persons:André Philippus Brink (1935-2015)ISNI
Zoë Wicomb (1948-)ISNI
Sindiwe Magona (1943-)ISNI
Susan Mann (1967-)ISNI
Maxine CaseISNI
Abstract:Twenty years after the end of apartheid, South Africa is still struggling with the memory of its traumatic past. Trauma literature has flourished in the last two decades. The interviews collected in this issue were conducted in the Cape Town area between January and March 2009 and were intended to examine the complex relationship between trauma and literature more closely. Five writers were interviewed: André Brink, Zoë Wicomb, Sindiwe Magona, Susan Mann, and Maxine Case. In order to deal with trauma literature, trauma theory and its psychological implications are important. Therefore, the book includes interviews with three South African psychologists on the way trauma is traditionally conceptualized; political violence, children and trauma response; and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The TRC is one of the issues that link the interviews with psychologists to those with other acadedmics and people from the public sphere: Neville Alexander, Alex Boraine, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and Chris van der Merwe, Annie Gagiano, Tlhalo Raditlhalo, and Helen Moffett. [ASC Leiden abstract]