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Miriam Tlali: Writing Freedom

Pumla Dineo Gqola
Miriam Tlali: Writing Freedom
ISBN: 978-0-7969-2562-6
$35.00
2021/201 pages
Voices of Liberation
Distributed for HSRC Press

DESCRIPTION

The first black woman in South Africa to publish a novel, Miriam Tlali (1933-2017) was also an internationally acclaimed playwright, author of short stories, essayist, and not least, activist against apartheid and patriarchy. Her work was routinely banned in South Africa; though translated into many languages, during the apartheid era it was available only illicitly in her own country.

Pumla Dineo Gqola traces Tlali's life, presents selections of her writing, and reflects on the continuing relevance of her work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pumla Dineo Gqola is research professor in the Centre for Women and Gender Studies at Nelson Mandela University. She received the 2016 Alan Paton Award for nonfiction for her book Rape: A South African Nightmare.

CONTENTS

  • HER LIFE.
  • Introduction.
  • Tlali's World
  • Tlali 's Creative Process.
  • Imagination, Hope, and Liberation.
  • HER VOICE: SELECTED WRITINGS OF MIRIAM TLALI.
  • Introduction.
  • Interviews: Cecily Lockett, Lilian Ngoyi, Annanias, Flora Mookeststane.
  • Novels: Excerpts from Muriel at the Metropolitan, Between Two Worlds, and Amandla
  • Short Stories: "The Haunting Melancholy of Klipvoordam," and "Soweto Hijack."
  • Play: Crimean Injuria.
  • Essays: "Quagmires and Quicksands" and "Remove the Chains."
  • HER LEGACY.
  • Introduction.
  • Staffrider and Black Consciousness: Gendered Blackness.
  • Boundaries and Belonging.
  • Reappraising Tlali.
  • Tlali as Generational Pioneer.
  • A Black Feminist Writer's Ambivalent Locations.
  • Tlali as a Key Feminist Thinker on Feminist Community.
  • Tlali as a Key Feminist Thinker Against Rape.
  • Tlali as a Key Feminist Thinker on Black Subjectivity.
  • Tlali and Staffrider/Black Consciousness Literature.
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