The Significance of Anti-Apartheid Literature in a Post-Apartheid Society

By David Edwin Robinson.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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In this paper I will explore the teaching of Anti-apartheid literature (emphasising poetry)in a Post-Apartheid community. In South Africa today, fourteen years after the demise of Apartheid as policy, and the embracing of democratic values and institutions, there is value in teaching Anti-apartheid literature. Principally there is significance in negotiating with texts from the past, in order to explore values and beliefs. Furthermore, it is important to consider the human expressions of the apartheid era, in order to articulate a sense of issues that inform our understanding of the current social climate in South Africa.

Keywords: Literature, Education/Teaching, Social Justice

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.31-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 527.042KB).

David Edwin Robinson

Lecturer, Department of Education Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

I have been involved in education for 16 years, the majority of which have been in the secondary schooling environment. I am now employed in the tertiary sector, and I lecture in undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in the field of language studies. I am interested in issues relating to human aganecy, social justice, and the teaching of literature.


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