GROUNDS OF ENGAGEMENT, apartheid-era African American and South African writing

: Robolin (S.)

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237pp., illus., map, paperback, Reprint, Urbana, (2015) 2019. 


Stéphane Robolin examines the relationships and cross-cultural exchanges between black South African and African American writers who sought to create common ground during the struggle against apartheid. Writers discussed include Bessie Head, Keorapetse Kgositsile and Richard Rive.

"This elegant book illuminates the connected histories of southern African and African American literary traditions, casting new light on both. This is a major study which will be read for years to come." Isabel Hofmeyr, co-editor of South Africa and India: shaping the global south

"Based on exemplary research - archival, as well as critical and theoretical - this book constitutes a subtle and thoughtful contribution to South African and American literary criticism, comparative and transnational cultural studies, and critical human geography." Rita Barnard, author of Apartheid and Beyond: South African writers and the politics of place

Stéphane Robolin is Associate Professor at Rutgers University.