Still Beating the Drum: Critical Perspectives on Lewis Nkosi

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Lindy Stiebel, Elizabeth Gunner
Rodopi, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 375 pages
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Lewis Nkosi is one of South Africa's foremost writers and critics, and one of the few survivors of the exile generation dating from theDrum era. Up until now, however, no full length study has been done on his work. This is a gap in South African literary history and criticism that this book is intended to fill. Besides his well known earlier works, Nkosi is still very much an active writer as the publication in 2002 of his novel, Underground People, shows, with his latest novel due out in 2005. The timing of Still Beating the Drum, a book which intends to highlight and evaluate his extensive and varied oeuvre, is thus appropriate. Given Lewis Nkosi's life trajectory, this volume will appeal to readers interested in South African and African literature, both in South Africa and abroad. Intended as a important critical resource on Lewis Nkosi, the book is divided into three parts: Part One collects papers from scholars around the world currently working on Nkosi's work in various genres; Part Two reprints key articles from different moments in Nkosi's critical writing, together with hitherto unpublished recent interviews with Nkosi; and Part Three provides the reader with a timeline and extensive bibliography for Lewis Nkosi, both invaluable resources for scholars working on Nkosi given the scattered nature of much of his more ephemeral writings in the past. Lewis Nkosi is an important figure in South African literature whose voice has been heard far and wide – this book aims to collect for critical consideration some of the echoes and reverberations his voice has generated.

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Lindy Stiebel is Professor of English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. She is the author of Imagining Africa: landscape in the African romances of H.Rider Haggard (Greenwood, 2001) and Thomas Baines and the Great Map (Campbell Collections, 2001).
Liz Gunner is Acting Director of the Centre for African Literary Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. She is co-editor of Text, Theory, Space: land, literature and history in South Africa and Australia (Routledge 1996); and she has edited and translated the writings of Isaiah Shembe in Man of Heaven and the Beautiful Ones of God: Isaiah Shembe and the Nazareth Church (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press 2004)

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