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Grounds of Engagement: Apartheid-Era African American and South African Writing

Stéphane Robolin


Part literary history, part cultural study, this book examines the relationships and exchanges between black South African and African American writers who sought to create common ground throughout the antiapartheid era. The book argues that the authors' geographic imaginations crucially defined their individual interactions and, ultimately, the literary traditions on both sides of the Atlantic. Subject to the tyranny of segregation, authors such as Richard Wright, Bessie Head, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Michelle Cliff, and Richard Rive charted their racialized l ... More

Keywords: black South Africans, African Americans, writers, antiapartheid era, segregation, black transnational belonging, political solidarity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039478
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039478.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stéphane Robolin, author
Rutgers University