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Black women's poetry in South Africa (1970-1991): a critical survey

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dc.contributor.author Kgalane GV en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:56:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:56:13Z
dc.date.created 1995 en
dc.date.submitted 1996 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/66627
dc.description.abstract This dissertation investigates the work of black women poets in South Africa during the period 1970-1991, within the context of race and gender politics. The poetry written by black women poets, discussed in this dissertation, focuses primarily on the central political concern of racial oppression and apartheid, rather than on gender. Although there are examples of women who write introspective, personal poems that are not necessarily "political" in their focus, the majority of poets discussed saw their poetry as necessarily "political" and part of the "protest" and "resistance" tradition in South African literature. Their poetry is intrinsically connected to the "liberation struggle", and one of the patterns that can be discerned is the increased militancy of the poetry in response to the changing political climate between 1970 and 1991. Most of the poems discussed have a clear intention: to protest against the evils of apartheid, to conscientise their readers in relation to political developments in the country, and to challenge the Government of the day. In this sense, many of the women poets regarded their poetry as a "cultural weapon" in the service of the "struggle". Black women poets generally wrote about similar themes to those explored by their male colleagues, and made a conscious attempt to join the ranks of men when it came to responding, through protest and resistance, to the apartheid regime. This does not mean that black women poets were not aware of the oppression of black women in this country. For them the priority was the liberation of the whole black nation., although some of the later poets, in particular, are also deeply concerned with writing about the problem of gender discrimination and exploitation. In this dissertation the author has given some idea of the range and variety of black women who produced poems between 1970 and 1991, and shown that far from there being "no black women poets of note in South Africa", as some critics assert, black women have made an important contribution to the development of modern "black writing" in South Africa. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject History en
dc.title Black women's poetry in South Africa (1970-1991): a critical survey en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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