New Arrivals 18th to 24th of July 2014

JU/'HOAN, Tsumkwe dialect, da'abi!oa n=omtciasi kokxuisi =xanua/ children's picture dictionary/ prenteboek vir kinders
125 pp., illus., spiral-bound, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R265
Baderoon (G.) REGARDING MUSLIMS, from slavery to post-apartheid
207 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R355
Gabeba Baderoon explores the 350-year archive of images documenting Muslims in South Africa and analyses how these images reveal the contributions Muslims have brought to the South African narratives of colonialism, apartheid and post-apartheid.

"Drawing on the by now extensive scholarship on slavery at the Cape, Gabeba Baderoon guides us through the labyrinth of racial and cultural stereotyping which for centuries minimised Islam and obscured Muslims as actors in South African history. Intellecutally sophisticated in its explorations of material culture, iconography, and of media rhetoric, yet lively in style and engagingly personal in presentation, 'Regarding Muslims' is a welcome contribution to the revisionist project under way in South Africa." J.M.Coetzee

"This is the book we have all been waiting for - Baderoon mainstreams Islam in South African cultural history and produces a dazzling array of re-readings and re-alignments. This deeply original book inserts Islamicate intellectual traditions back into South African public life and makes us re-envision both. Written with the lucidity and imagination of a poet, this book helps us appreciate the multiple inheritances of South Africa and the intellectual riches that result from taking these seriously." Isabel Hofmeyr, Professor of African Literature, University of Witwatersrand and Visiting Global Distinguished Professor, New York University

Poet and academic Gabeba Baderoon is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University and an Extraordinary Professor of English at Stellenbosch University.
Crampton (H.) THE SIDE OF THE SUN AT NOON, a quest
486 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R280
Hazel Crampton's search for the mysterious Chobana people, rumoured in the 17th century to have once lived deep in the interior of South Africa.

Hazel Crampton is also the author of "The Sunburnt Queen" and co-editor of "Into the Hitherto Unknown: Ensign Beutler's expedition to the Eastern Cape, 1752". She currently teaches in the Masters in Creative Writing at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
106 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R150
A new collection of poems by Danie Marais.

In Afrikaans.

Danie Marais was born in Kimberely in 1971. His debut collection, "In die buitenste ruimte" won the Ingrid Jonker, Eugene Marais and University of Johannesburg prizes in 2007. His second collection, "Al is die maan 'n misverstand" was awarded the 2010 South African Literary Award Poetry Prize. He is currently a freelance journalist living in Cape Town.
Mditshwa (M.) TRACING OUR ORIGINS, the story of Bantu people
182 pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2014. R200
A self-published book on the origins and culture of the Bantu people, and the devastating impact of Christianity and racism.
Reynolds (P.) WAR IN WORCESTER, youth and the apartheid state
239 pp., illus., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R250
First published in the USA in 2013.

Pamela Reynolds "combines a study of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)'s findings on the stand taken by South African youth with extended fieldwork undertaken with 14 young men who, starting in their schooldays, were involved in the struggle in a small town in the Western Cape...the book describes, from the perspective of the young fighters themselves, the tactics that young local leaders used and how the state retaliated, young peoples' experiences of pain and loss, the effect on fighters of the extensive use of informers by the state as a weapon of war, and the search for an ethic of survival." from the back cover

"This devastating yet methodologically restrained account of recollection elicited from black South Africans tortured as children or youth under apartheid, and of the failures of the restitution that followed, achieves an exceptional precision of attention and thought. Reynolds reconceives the task of the scholar in relation to government and to the long-term consequences of harm done, and offers powerful reflections on friendship and betrayal, on norms and ethics, and on struggle, its neutralization, and the question of a contemporary politics." Lawrence Cohen, University of California, Berkeley

Pamela Reynolds in Professor Emeritus, John Hopkins University, and Honorary Professor, Univerisity of Cape Town.
Sandwith (C.) WORLD OF LETTERS, reading communities and cultural debates in early apartheid South Africa
309 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R345
A history of forgotten or overlooked South African literary-cultural communities and the distinctive practices of literary-cultural consumption, analysis and appreciation with which they were associated. Corinne Sandwich pursues this history in oppositional newspapers, literary magazines, debating societies and theatre groups of the 1940s and 1950s, to demonstrate that "literary criticism and cultural debate were not solely the enterprise of academics, but also part of popular discourses forged outside the academy in contexts of engagement and resistance." pg.4 of the introduction

"This project is long overdue. This is the first in-depth analysis of the entire corpus of liberal and left-wing literary-cultural writings in this period." Archie Dick, Professor of Information Science, University of Pretoria

Corinne Sandwich is currently in Associate Professor of English at the University of Pretoria.
Schoeman (C.) THE SOMME CHRONICLES, South Africans on the Western Front
240 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. OUT OF PRINT
Chris Schoeman relates the experiences of the thousands of South Africans who took part in the 1916 Somme Offensive between the Allied forces and the Germans via extensive use of their diary entries and letters home.

Chris Schoeman is also the author of "District Six: the spirit of kanala", "Boer Boy: memoirs of an Anglo-Boer War youth", "Brothers in Arms: Hollanders in the Anglo-Boer War" and "Angels of Mercy: women in the Anglo-Boer War".
154 pp., paperback, Somerset West, 2014. R150
Foreword by Ahmed Bawa.

A collection of essays on student welfare and student development. Contributions include:
"An overview of critical issues in the student affairs profession: a South African perspective" by Llewellyn MacMaster
"Student success as the Number One Affair in Student Affairs: a structural inequality outlook" by Matete Madiba
"The Place of Social Work as a Support Service for Tertiary Students" by Zethu Mkhize
"Back to Basics: selected views on factors that prevent access in higher education" by Lullu Tshiwula and Ncedikaya Magopeni.
Vale (P.), Hamilton (L.) & Prinsloo (E.H.) eds. INTELLECTUAL TRADITIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA, ideas, individuals and institutions
364 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R385
A collection of essays that offer interpretations of political traditions and religious and intellectual practices in South Africa.

Contributions include:
"The Ambiguous Legacy of Liberalism: less a theory of society, more a state of mind?" Steven Friedman
"African Nationalism" by Raymond Suttner
"Pan Africanism in South Africa: a confluence of local origin and diasporic inspiration" by Mcebisi Ndletyana
"The Intellectual Foundations of the Black Consciousness Movement" by Mabogo More
"Feminism and the South African Polity: a failed marriage" by Helen Moffett
"Christianity as an Intellectual Tradition in South Africa" 'les trahisons des clercs'?" by Anthony Egan
"Islam, Intellectuals and the South African Question" by Mohammed Haron.

Peter Vale is Professor of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Professor of Politics Emeritus at Rhodes University.
Lawrence Hamilton is Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Estelle Prinsloo is a doctoral student at the University of Johannesburg.

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