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South African Literature

This is a list of the South African Literature that I have in my possession. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all South African Writers. Please inform me if any of the links are not working.

Peter Abrahams

Mine Boy (Novel)

A Wreath for Udomo (Novel)

The View from Coyaba (Novel)

Tell Freedom (Memoir)

Interview (2009) available online

Exile and Aesthetic Distance: Geographical Influences on Political Commitment in the Works of Peter Abrahams by Bernth Lindfors (essay available online)

Steve Biko

I Write What I Like (Writings and Speeches)

Introduction to Steve Biko’s I Write What I Like by Lewis Gordon (essay available online)

Allan Boesak

Black and Reformed: Liberation, Aparteid and The Calvinist Tradition (Religion)

Tale of the Tower of Fear (Sermon available online)

Statement (1985) to the Special Committe Against Aparteid (Article available online)

Interview (1990) available online

Profile available online

Lueen Conning (Malika Ndlovu)

A Coloured Place (Play)

Lueen Conning’s Website

Fatima Dike

So What’s New (Play) Excerpt available online

Profile available online

The Drama and Theatre of two South African plays under Apartheid by M. Picardie (thesis available online)

Modikwe Dikobe

The Marabi Dance (Novel)

Poems available online

K. Sello Duiker

The Quiet Violence of Dreams (Novel)

A Question of Diversity (Article available online)

Tribute to Duiker by Sam Raditlhalo (article available online)

To burn so bright and die so young by John Matshikiza (article available online)

Obituary available online

Obituary in The Guardian available online

On men and masculinity in Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow and K. Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence Of Dreams by M. Crous (academic essay available online)

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Woman Confronts the Legacy of Aparteid (Memoir)

Interview (2003) available online

Audio Interview (2004) available online

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela’s  Website

Bessie Head

A Question of Power (Novel)

The Collector of Treasures (Short Stories) Excerpt available online

The Cardinals (Novel)

Maru (Novel)

When Rain Clouds Gather (Novel)

A Woman Alone (Essays)

Bessie Head: A skin of her own by G. Eilersen (article available online)

Bessie Head: A Woman of Extremes by C. Mackenzie (article available online)

Bessie Head’s Maru: identity, pathology, and the construction of difference by I. Dieke (academic essay available online)

Narrating History with a Vengeance: Interracial Marriage as Bessie Head’s Doctrine for Racial Harmony in Maru by Ode Ogede (essay available online)

Using the Heart: The Symbolism of Individual Change in Bessie Head’s Maru by Alan Ramón Ward (essay available online)

The Utopian Quest in Bessie Head’s When Rain Clouds Gather and Maru by A. Pangmeshi (academic essay available online)

Woman Workers and Warriors in Bessie Head’s Short Fiction by M. Vidal (academic essay available online)

Website dedicated to the life and work of Bessie Head

Noni Jabavu

Drawn in Colour: African Contrasts (Memoir)

Excerpt from The Ochre People available online

Noni Jabavu: a peripatetic writer ahead of her times by M. Xaba (article available online)

Noni Jabavu: Pioneer, Émigré and Writer by K. Xaba (article available online)

Jabavu’s Journey by M. Xaba (thesis available online)

Ellen Kuzwayo

Call Me Woman (Memoir)

Mandla Langa

The Memory of Stones (Novel)

Archie Mafeje

Democratic Governance and New Democracy in Africa: Agenda for the Future (Essay available online)

South Africa: The Dynamics of a Beleaguered State (Essay available online)

Democracy, Civil Society, and Governance in Africa (Essay available online)

A brief tribute to Archie Mafeje by F. Hendricks (article available online)

Profile available online

Profile in French available online

Obituary available online

Lessons of the Mafeje Affair – 40 years on (article available online)

Belated apology for Aparteid Casualty by M. Plaut (article available online)

University of Cape Town’s Apology to Mafeje available online

Archie Mafeje and the Pursuit of Endogeny: Against Alterity and Extroversion by Jimi O. Adesina (essay available online)

Sindiwe Magona

Mother to Mother (Novel)

Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night (Short Stories)

Forced to Grow (Memoir)

Audio Interview (2009) available online

Interview (2010) available online

Bernard Makhosezwe Magubane

The Political Economy of Race and Class in South Africa (Social Studies)

The Political Economy of the South African Revolution (Essay available online)

The ANC Political Underground in the 1970s (Essay written with et al available online)

Interview (2004) available online

African Intellectuals and the African Crisis: In Honour of Professor Ben Makhosezwe Magubane by H. Vilikazi (essay available online)

Bernard Makhosezwe Magubane: African Sociology—Towards a Critical Perspective: The Collected Essays of Bernard Makhosezwe Magubane by R. Coates (review available online)

Siphiwo Mahala

The Suit Continued (Short Story available online)

Cultivating the Culture of Reading: An Imperative for Nation-Building (Essay available online)

Interview (2009) available online

Interview (2009) in The Mail & Guardian available online

Review of Mahala’s novel When A Man Cries available online

Siphiwo Mahala’s Blog

Miriam Makeba

Makeba: My Story (Autobiography)

Website dedicated to the life and work of Miriam Makeba

Nelson Mandela

Long Walk to Freedom (Memoir)

No Easy Walk to Freedom (Writings)

Nobel Lecture 1993 available online

An Autobiographical Note 1964 (Article available online)

Profile by BBC News available online

Nelson Mandela 1965 by Oliver Tambo (article available online)

Mandela Speaks Website

Winnie Mandela

Part of My Soul Went With Him (Memoir)

Interview (1990) available online

N. Chabani Manganyi

Looking Through the Keyhole (Essays)

Interview (2001) available online

The ‘real of racializing embodiment: Reflections on the sociology of Manganyi by D. Hook (academic essay available online)

Ntongela Masilela

Come Back Africa and South African film history (Essay available online)

Franz Fanon: Our Contemporary Zeitgeist (Essay available online)

The Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers (Essay available online)

Mazisi Kunene (1930-2006): An Appreciation (Essay available online)

Ernest Mancoba: A New African Artist (Essay available online)

The Vernacular Press and African Literature (Essay available online)

The New Negro Modernity and the New African Modernity (Essay available online)

Ntongela Masilela’s Website

Mark Mathabane

Kaffir Boy (Memoir)

Kaffir Boy in America (Memoir)

Interview (2007) available online

Video Lecture (2008) available online

Mark Mathabane’s Website

Mtutuzeli Matshoba

Call Me Not a Man and other stories (Short Stories)

Govan Mbeki

The Peasants’ Revolt (History available online)

The Struggle for Liberation in South Africa (History available online)

Interview available online

Obituary by BBC News available online

Speeches and Writing available online

Gcina Mhlope

Love Child (Memoir)

Have You Seen Zandile? (Play)

Profile available online

Wikipedia Page available online

Professional Speaker Profile available online

The Story of the Autobiographical Play Have You Seen Zandile? and An Abstract of A Study of Mhlophe’s Writing by M. Picardie (essay available online)

Zakes Mda

The Heart of Redness (Novel)

The Whale Caller (Novel)

Ways of Dying (Novel)

The Madonna of Excelsior (Novel)

Our Quiet Complicity (Article available online)

How to Write (Article available online)

Interview available online

Audio Interview (2002) available online

The Accidental Activist: Reading Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness as a parody of the disappointed African intellectual by Eric Peeters (essay available online)

The reinvention of historical discourse in Zakes Mda’s The heart of redness and Mike Nicol’s This day and age by C. F. Saccaggi (essay available online)

Interpreting Redness: A Literary Biography of Zakes Mda by D. W. Steele  (thesis avaiable online)

Eric Miyeni

O’Mandingo: The Only Black at a Dinner Party (Short Story Collection)

Interview (2006) available online

O’Mandingo E-Zine Website

Rich Mkhondo

Reporting South Africa (Political Studies)

Chipping away at Aparteid’s Cornerstone (Article available online)

Interview (2008) available online

Silas Modiri Molema

The Bantu Past and Present: An Ethnographical and Historical Study of the Native Races of South Africa  (History Text available online)

Dr. S. Modiri Molema (1891-1965) The Making of a Historian by J. Starfield (thesis available online)

From Mahlangeni to Gumede—the second generation of black doctors in South Africa by Anne Digby (article available online)

Profile available online

Kagiso Lesego Molope

Dancing in the dust (Novel)

A. S. Mopeli-Paulus

The World and the Cattle (Memoir)

Phaswane Mpe

Welcome to Our Hillbrow (Novel)

Obituary in The Guardian available online

“Reader, be assured this narrative is no fiction”: The City and Its Discontents in Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow by Gugu Hlongwane (essay available online)

Reappraising the myth of the new South Africa: Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow by R. Samin (essay available online)

Writing the City: Four Apartheid Texts by Liz Gunner (essay available online)

On men and masculinity in Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow and K. Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence Of Dreams by M. Crous (academic essay available online)

Writing Johannesburg by R. Poplak (article available online)

“Welcome to the world of our humanity”: (African) humanism, ubuntu and black South African writing by R. Gaylard (essay available online)

Es’kia Mphahlele

In Corner B (Novel)

Down Second Avenue (Memoir)

Obituary in The New York Times available online

Es’kia Mphahlele remembered by Peter N. Thuynsma (essay available online)

The intersection of experience, imaginative writing and meaning making in Es’kia Mphahlele by Lesibana Rafapa (essay available online)

Es’kia Mphahlele’s etching of two axes of religion using the framework of his concept of Afrikan Humanism in Father Come Home by Lesibana Rafapa (essay available online)

Website dedicated to the life and work of Mphanlele

V. Credo Mutwa

Indada, My Children (Folk Tales) Excerpt available online

V. Credo Mutwa’s Website

Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane

From Resistance to Reconstruction: Culture and the New South Africa (Essay available online)

Culture and social environment in the pre-colonial era (Essay available online)

Where There Is No Vision The People Perish: Reflections on the African Renaissance (Essay available online)

Sharpeville and its Aftermath: The Novels of Richard Rive, Peter Abrahams, Alex La Guma and Lauretta Ngcobo (Essay available online)

The Life and Times of Sipho Sydney Sepamla (Tribute available online)

Beyond Mythification: Constituting a Southern Identity (Article available online)

Drilling the Death Drill on a Sinking Ship (Article available online)

Gender Politics and the Unfolding of Liberation in South Africa (Article available online)

African Renaissance: myth or reality (Article available online)

The Black Consciousness Movement (Essay available online, written with et al)

Interview (2008) available online

Profile available online

Njabulo Ndebele

Fools and other stories (Short Stories)

Mcebisi Ndletyana

African Intellectuals in 19th and early 20th Century South Africa (History Text available online)

Lauretta Ngcobo

And They Didn’t Die (Novel)

Virginity Testing: An African Solution to a Pressing African Problem (Article available online)

Still a Long Way to Go (Article available online)

Interview available online

Profile available online

Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde

Black Bull, the ancestors, and me: my life as a lesbian sangoma (Memoir)

Lewis Nkosi

Mating Birds (Novel) Excerpt available online

Sibusiso Nyembezi

The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg (Novel)

Phyllis Ntantala

A Life’s Mosaic: The Autobiography of Phyllis Ntantala (Autobiography available online)

R. L. Peteni

Hill of Fools (Novel)

My novel, Hill of Fools (Lecture available online)

The Early Reception of Hill of Fools by L. Wright (essay available online)

Politics. Latent and Overt, in Hill of Fools by L. Wright (essay available online)

Peteni in Context by L. Wright (essay available online)

Hill of Fools, A South African Romeo and Juliet? by L. Wright (essay available online)

Hill of Fools: Notes Towards a Publishing History by L. Wright (essay available online)

Sol T. Plaatje

Mhudi (Novel)

Native Life in South Africa (Text available online)

Loyalty and Betrayal: themes in the writing of Sol T Plaatje by W. Gebhard (academic essay available online)

Mamphela Ramphele

Across Boundaries (Memoir)

A mirror image of our society (Article available online)

Molapatene Collins Ramusi

Soweto, My Love: A Testimony of Black Life in South Africa (Memoir)

Richard Rive

Emergency (Novel)

Sipho Sepamla

A Ride in the Whirlwind (Novel available online)

Da Same, Da Same (Poem available online)

Racial Discrimination in cultural life (Article available online)

Obituary by Michael Chapman available online

The life and times of Sipho Sydney Sepamla: a tribute by Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane (article available online)

Mongane Serote

To Every Birth its Blood (Novel)

Poems available online

Mongane Serote’s To Every Birth its Blood: history and the limits of improvisation by M. Titlestad (academic essay available online)

A volcano in the night of oppression: Reflections on the poetry of Mongane Serote by Peter Horn (essay available online)

Can Themba

The Will to Die (Stories and Essays)

Miriam Tlali

Between Two Worlds (Novel)

Desmond Mpilo Tutu

The Rainbow People of God: The Making of a Peaceful Revolution (Collection of Writings)

Why to Forgive (Article available online)

1984 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture (Lecture available online)

Aparteid in the Holy Land (Article available online)

Of Occupation and Aparteid: Do I Divest? (Article available online)

Speech Delivered At the Handing In of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (Speech available online)

Conversation with Dr. John Hope Franklin available online

Interview (2010) available online

Interview (2009) with Amy Goodman available online

Interview (2007) available online

Interview (2004) available online

Profile by BBC News available online

Website for Tutu’s book God Has A Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time

Zoe Wicomb

David’s Story (Novel)

In Search of Tommie (Short Story available online)

Shame and Identity: The Case of the Coloured in South Africa (Essay available online)

Interview (2002) available online

Interview (2010) available online

“This text deletes itself”: traumatic memory and space-time in Zoe Wicomb’s David’s Story by S. Graham (academic essay available online)

Playing in the dark/ playing in the light: coloured identity in the novels of Zoe Wicomb by J. U. Jacobs (academic essay available online)

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  1. plaintain1 said, on July 17, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Hi
    Have you done a review on Tell Freedom?

  2. Claire Datnow said, on May 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for the informative list. Have you reviewed Behind The Walled Garden of Apartheid: Growing Up White In Segregated South Africa.


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