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Real and imagined readers : censorship, publishing and reading under apartheid / Rachel Matteau Matsha.

Author/Creator:
Matsha, Rachel Matteau, author.
Other Title:
Real & imagined readers
Publication:
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa : University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2018. , ©2018
Format/Description:
Book
xvi, 230 pages ; 21 cm
Subjects:
South Africa -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Books and reading -- South Africa.
Readers.
Censorship -- South Africa.
Publishers and publishing -- South Africa.
Intellectual freedom.
Freedom of the press.
Press and politics.
Apartheid -- South Africa.
Apartheid.
Books and reading.
Censorship.
Freedom of the press.
Intellectual freedom.
Politics and government.
Press and politics.
Publishers and publishing.
Readers.
South Africa.
Summary:
"Real and Imagined Readers looks at an important period in South Africa literary history, marked by apartheid censorship and the extensive banning of intellectual and creative voices. Returning to the archive, this book offers a reader-centric view of the successive censorship laws, and the consequences of publication control on the world of books. In contrast to the mainstream literary industry, which largely supported the status quo, some progressive readers, aligned to various strands of resistance politics, curbed censorship and actively participated in independent literary movements, alongside oppositional writers, publishers, librarians and booksellers. Books and print culture created intersectional spaces of solidarity where ideas and knowledge were contested, mediated and translated into the socio-political domain. By focusing on these marginalised readers, Matteau Matsha sheds light on the reading cultures and practices that developed in the shadow of apartheid censorship, creating alternative literary spaces. Real readers engaged in an elusive dialogue with the censors' imagined readers, and definition of literature and readerships emerged from this unusual connection, leading to the formation of literary canons and conventions that inform literary criticism and reading politics to this day. By understanding reading as a complex and dynamic activity, this book stresses the importance of appreciating books in relation to the social context in which they are written, and most importantly, read."--Back cover.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 212-218) and index.
ISBN:
9781869144029
1869144023
9781869144036
OCLC:
1053612506
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