ISBN 9789991642338
Pages 392
Dimensions 234 x 156 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2018
Publisher University of Namibia Press, Namibia
Format Paperback

Writing Namibia: Literature in Transition

edited by Sarala Krishnamurthy, Helen Vale

Writing Namibia: Literature in Transition is a cornucopia of extraordinary and fascinating material which will be a rich resource for students, teachers and readers interested in Namibia. The text is wide ranging, defining literature in its broadest terms. In its multifaceted approach, the book covers many genres traditionally outside academic literary discourse and debate. The 22 chapters cover literature of all categories in Namibia since independence: written and performance poetry, praise poetry, Oshiwambo orature, drama, novels, autobiography, women’s writing, subaltern studies, literature in German, Ju|’hoansi and Otjiherero, children’s literature, Afrikaans fiction, story-telling through film, publishing, and the interface between literature and society. The inclusive approach is the book’s strength as it allows a wide range of subjects to be addressed, including those around gender, race and orature which have been conventionally silenced.

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"The Strength of the book lies in its egalitarian and inclusive approach and the way it contextualises the political archaeology of place, time and people. Writing Namibia restores balance in addressing silences around gender, race and orature"

Dorian Haarhoff, Poet

About the Editors

Sarala Krishnamurthy

Sarala Krishnamurthy (PhD, Bangalore, India) is Professor of English in the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. She has taught at the post graduate level for 35 years in the areas of Stylistics, English Language Teaching and Post-colonial Literature, and successfully supervised eight PhD and twelve MPhil students. She has published two books on African literature and several articles in international peer-reviewed journals. She is currently working on a major project which is the compilation of Namibian English as part of the International Corpus of English, based at the University of Hong Kong. 

Helen Vale

Helen Vale has taught literature in the English Departments of the University of Swaziland (four years) and of the University of Namibia (sixteen years). She is now a freelance editor and trainer. Her academic interests include Namibian literature in English since independence, linkages between history and literature, the role of memory and autobiography.

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