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  • Sandra Swart: The Construction of Eugène Marais as an Afrikaner Hero - Journal of Southern African Studies. 30.4, Dec 2004

  • Jameson Maluleke: (Mis)leading with words to corrupt democratic South Africa

  • Paul Murray on editing Leipoldt, an interesting and versatile person

  • Rosemund J Handler discusses writing in South Africa, with a special emphasis on women's writing

  • Finuala Dowling shares her Cape Town Book Fair discussion on writing in South Africa

  • Cape Town Book Fair discussion on the editing process

  • Jameson Maluleke: Our ignorance, irresponsibility and laziness don’t reflect true African culture

    The end of underground?
    A new mini-seminar:
  • Melinda Ferguson: Chemical Illusion

  • Roof Bezuidenhout: From Voëlvry to Fokofpolisiekar

  • Fred de Vries: The Underground character; doomed or heroic?

  • Michael Titlestad writes: From Verloc to the Unabomber: modernist and post-modern versions of the underground

  • Sound Bites for a Derailed Democracy - Jameson Maluleke revisits protest language

  • Mike van Graan on Fokofpolisiekar: There are greater evils in our society for the church to rise up against

  • Seminar 19 April 2006: Is there still an underground? Or is it a dying phenomenon, associated with subcultures and repressive attitudes of days gone by?

    Stephen Watson accuses Antjie Krog of plagiarism in New Contrast. Read the responses of:
    Antjie Krog again: Last time, this time
  • Nèlleke de Jager
  • Eve Gray
  • Stephen Johnson
  • Antjie Krog
  • Annie Gagiano
  • Johann de Lange

    Your comments:

  • Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk: The Boggle of the Google of My Skull

  • Colin Bower: The end of private ownership means the end of the publishing industry

  • Craig Mason-Jones: The Google of My Skull

  • Shaun de Waal: In response to Barbara Adair

  • Madame Lacoste: Literary polemics: Questions and answers; claims and responses

  • Barbara Adair: Speaking through the mask of culture

  • Willemien le Roux: To give true voice to those original poets

  • Mathew Blatchford: Sometimes one needs to wield a large chopper in defense of good sense

  • Helen Moffett: What if we don't want to take sides?
  • Rosalind Morris: On Watson, Krog and “plagiarism”
  • Mike Stevenson: LitNet bias?
  • LitNet response
  • Sam Raditlhalo: Krog should have been allowed to respond
  • Add your voice! E-mail
  • Ken Barris discusses bitter Afrikaners and their treatment in three recent South African novels: Damon Galgut's The Good Doctor, Achmat Dangor's Bitter Fruit and Troy Blacklaws's Karoo Boy

  • Jameson Maluleke puts The Da Vinci Code under the magnifying glass

  • Rustum Kozain on Afrikaans: Between liberating potential on the one hand and nationalism and Apartheid on the other. (20/10/05)
  • Gay debate in the Dutch Reformed Church: Who are the dominees to go against Jesus? (20/09/05)
  • Antjie Krog: Tribute to André P Brink on the occasion of his seventieth birthday celebration (12/07/05)
  • Max du Preez: Changing ideas of Afrikaner/white identity (12/07/05)
  • Richard Ballard: Assimilation, emigration, semigration, and integration: "white" peoples' strategies for finding a comfort zone in post-apartheid South Africa (24/03/05)
  • Jan Casno:
    The Bram Fischer debate: A revisit (13/01/05)

  • Rebecca J Davies: The global political economy and contemporary manifestations of Afrikaner identity in a post-apartheid era (09/02/04)
  • Still much to write about, say SA writers in London (22/10/04)
  • Yvonne Malan and Christoff Pauw: Afrikaner Dissidents - Bram Fischer and Beyers Naudé (15/10/04)
  • A Newshound's Reflections: Experiences, responsibilities and challenges of a sleuth (25/08/04)
  • The post-colonial writer: Non-commitment and the betrayal of the African revolution (08/07/04)
  • Julian Roup : Lost for words (24/05/04)
  • I, Johann Lodewyk Marais, a non-existent South African poet, introducing myself at UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa (26/03/04)
  • Michael Chapman: Response to a non-existent South African poet (26/03/04)
  • Michael Chapman: The Politics of Identity: South Africa, Storytelling, and Literary History (26/03/04)
  • Anton A van Niekerk: Philosophical Reflections on the Future as Dialectic between Ingenuity and Regularity (29/01/04)
  • Hermann Giliomee: The rise and fall of Afrikaner women
  • Russell H Kaschula: Southern African languages, Globalisation and the Internet
  • Herman Wasserman: Between the Local and the Global: South African Languages and the Internet
  • Carel Alberts: Orwellian vision of institutional peeking and private fantasies
  • SJ Neethling: An onomastic renaissance: African names to the fore
  • Norman Bernard: Correlating race and intelligence: a budget of fallacies
  • Herman Wasserman: Fear and Loathing? A report on first impressions of race and ethnicity in America
  • Jean Williams:
    Biblionef: Providing books for underpriviledged children

  • Annie Gagiano: The Asmara Declaration on African Languages and Literatures and its message to multilingual South Africa
  • Christine Campbell: Ramblings — Night Swimming
  • Reviews

  • Paul Murray discusses Raam en Rigting in die Politiek en die Storie van Apartheid by Japie Basson

  • Paul Murray reviews Politieke Kaarte op die Tafel; Parlementêre Herinneringe by Japie Basson

  • Russel Brownlee reviews The Forgotten Frontier a book which succeeds in "lifting a history from an undeserved state of obscurity"

  • Michelle McGrane revisits Patrick Süskind's classic novel Perfume, The Story of a Murderer

  • PR Anderson reviews This Carting Life by Rustum Kozain: "... a considerable and mature demonstration of a proper poet at work" (15/02/06)
  • Why would anyone choose to visit Antarctica? Arja Salafranca reviews Blue Ice, Don Pinnock's vivid experiences on the ice continent (01/02/06)
  • "... understatedly beautiful, unassuming and utterly moving." Deborah Steinmair reads District Six: An Ordinary Day (24/01/06)
  • Meg Samuelson reviews Blood Orange, part memoir, part fiction about growing up white in apartheid South Africa (14/11/05)
  • Arja Salafranca reads as South Africans recall their past in Childhood (11/10/05)
  • NS Zulu: The telling voices in Nadine Gordimer's Telling tales (05/10/05)
  • PR Anderson: "Graveyard confetti", a review of Killing Time, by Arthur Attwell (05/10/05)
  • Rampolokeng juggles language and reinvents syntax with the dexterity and ingenuity of a master magus (12/07/05)
  • Here is the dove-cow tethered to the clouds: Some reflections on Marguerite Poland's novel Recessional For Grace (03/12/04)
  • Alan G Morris reviews: The Bone Woman by Clea Koff (14/11/04)
  • "Beckett seems a little out of sync" -
    Ian Glenn reviews Beckett's Redeeming Features

  • "St Francis of the Ritz" -
    André Brink reviews Karel Schoeman's Die laaste Afrikaanse boek

  • Andries Oliphant on Coloured by History Shaped by Place: "A thought-provoking and timely publication"
  • "Herman Charles Bosman is back" -
    Peter Merrington reads Bosman's Jacaranda in the Night and Old Transvaal Stories

  • "A commendable book especially for non-Xhosa speakers"
    Russell Kaschula on Clicking with Xhosa / A Xhosa phrasebook

  • "Voices of the land" -
    Kobus Moolman reads: Weather Eye by Isobel Dixon

  • "A tribute to the youthful idealism of a lost generation" -
    Peter Merrington reads: The Gardens of Kyoto

  • Peter Merrington reads: The Extinction Club, a "novel with a built-in death-wish"
  • Marius J Swart reads: 50 Ways to a Healthy Heart by Prof Christiaan Barnard
  • Peter Merrington reads: Smoky Joe’s Café by Bryce Courtenay
  • "In the midst of such frenzied mayhem" - Stephen Debros reads: The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a hidden war
  • Koos Kombuis reviews Who moved my cheese by Darrel Bristow-Bovey
  • "Beating the paralyses" - Pamella Maseko & Russell H Kaschula review Discourse in a Multilingual and Multicultural Courtroom: A court interpreter’s guide
  • "Unsung heroes in the face of horror":
    May Bleeker review Catch me a Killer by Micki Pistorius

  • Walter McKay reviews: My voice is under control now
  • Izak de Vries on Conflict of interest: "A heart-pounding read"
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