Print culture and imagining the Union of South Africa

Presented by David Johnson

Monday, 24 March, 2014 - 15:00

Testing Benedict Anderson’s thesis that nations are communities imagined principally
in the medium of the printed word, this chapter surveys a variety of writings on South
Africa from the decade between the South African War (1899-1902) and the moment
of Union (1910) – novels, histories, newspapers, as well as more ephemeral texts.
The question posed is: how did published writings contribute to the constitution
of the postcolonial South African nation? 1 On the basis of this one case study, I
reflect briefly upon the relationship between print culture and postcolonial African

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