202pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2020.
"Do any but literary academics today understand, if indeed they do, what other literary academics are writing about? Duncan Brown cuts through the clotted language of Theory - its hegemonies, precarities and alterities - to offer his own refreshing and lucid reflections on South African literature." Michael Chapman, author of Southern African Literatures
"In various registers - from personal essay, to scholarly survey, to conversation - Duncan Brown meditates on fiction, non-fiction, orature, beliefs and old classics. His aim, ultimately, is not only to reframe academic approaches, but to encourage modes of writing that come from the heart: writing that might help us claim new forms of agency in years to come." Rita Barnard, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania
Duncan Brown is Professor of English in the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research at the University of the Western Cape. His books include To Speak of This Land: identity and belonging in South Africa and beyond and Wilder Lives: humans and our environments. He is also a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.