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This Land is Our Land: Novels of White South African Authors during Apartheid

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Racial disparities never leave us, as we see in our own country and in the earlier experiences of white South Africans. Novels were being written amidst the change roiling beneath the surface of the white-dominated world; they anticipated the violence and the upheaval that would occur after the inevitable confrontation. Our bibliography includes: July’s People by Nadine Gordimer (Penguin, 1982), Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee (Penguin, 2017), Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (Scribner, 2003), and A Dry White Season by Andre Brink (William Morrow, 2006). We will read these novels with the knowledge of what had come before, as well as knowledge of the world that has grown out of the rubble of colonialism. The novelists, South African by birth and European by culture, have stepped out of their historical roles as immigrants, entrepreneurs, conquerors, and colonialists. They have written of South Africa, their home, as they had lived it, and with knowledge of the heavy weight that comes with appropriation. As they have taken the land, so can it be taken from them. These novels reverberate with that knowledge. 

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

Location
Virtual - Any Location

Instructor
MultipleInstructor :
1.Rhoda Stamell2.Julian Breslow 

Tuition: 

$0.00


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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/13/2021 - 12/13/2021 Weekly - Mon 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Julian Breslow  ; Rhoda Stamell 
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